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Academics are at the core of what we do at the Institute of Technology and Academics. ITA prides itself on providing a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on the whole child. We believe that learning should be hands-on and engaging. We use nationally recognized, research-based programs as a foundation for instruction. Our goal is to ensure that our scholars leave our school at or above grade level and ready to compete with their peers nationally.
The Institute of Technology and Academics strives to ensure that all students become high-level readers and writers. Students are expected to meet the State Standards in ELA adopted by the State of Wisconsin at each grade level. ITA uses Engage New York’s Common Knowledge Curriculum to approach and stress the essential components of Reading through explicit teaching of phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, expressiveness, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, writing, and handwriting.
The Core Knowledge Language Arts Listening and Learning Strand is designed to help students build the background knowledge and vocabulary critical to listening and reading comprehension. The decoding skills needed for future independent reading are taught separately in the Core Knowledge Language Arts Skills Strand. The two strands complement each other, building the requisite decoding and comprehension skills that comprise fluent, mature reading. The teaching of the two strands, however, need not be correlated, i.e., teachers may provide instruction and practice in a given unit of the Skills Strand as needed, while moving on to new topics and anthologies in the Listening and Learning Strand.
The Skills Strand teaches the mechanics of reading–students are taught systematic and explicit phonics instruction as their primary tool for decoding written English. By the end of grade 2, students have learned all of the sound‐spelling correspondences in the English language and are able to decode written material they encounter. In addition to phonics, students also are taught spelling, grammar, and writing during the Skills Strand.
Progress Monitoring & Tracking
Wisconsin Forward Exam
The Wisconsin Forward Exam is an online assessment that is administered in schools across the state of Wisconsin. This standardized assessment is given to students once a year and measures student progress in Reading and Mathematics from year to year.
The Star 360 assessment is an online progress monitoring tool that tracks academic growth in Reading and Mathematics. ITA scholars take this computer adaptive test four times a year. The teacher uses the data to provide targeted remediation and extension activities within the classroom.
The Institute of Technology and Academics administers benchmark assessments in Reading each trimester. The benchmarks are centered around ITA’s “Power Standards.” The Common Cores Standards for Reading: Informational Standards Standards 1, 8, and 9 drive instruction and urge students to “Prove It,” “Explain It,” and “Compare It” every day.