Basehor-Linwood School District

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Curriculum & Assessments

USD 458 uses a variety of assessments in order to monitor student progress and guide teacher instruction. Our nationally normed test used for universal screening for K-8 is AimswebPlus, and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), for grades 9-12. This assessment monitors an individual student's growth throughout their years in school.

Kansas State Assessments are another example of measures used in the district. Individual scores help teachers determine areas of strength and weakness for each student. Both the Kansas Assessment and the MAP help guide teachers so that they are better informed in meeting the individual educational needs of their students. Kansas Assessments, along with Kindergarten readiness, individual plans of study, socio/economic factors, graduation rates and post-secondary completion are a part of determining a district's accreditation status with the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) model.

Students of USD 458 receive a standards-based education provided by the State of Kansas known as the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards. A standard indicates a knowledge or skill that is expected to be obtained by every student at each grade level. The teachers of USD 458 use these standards to create a curriculum guide for each subject taught. They add to the curriculum guide available resources, parent information, and tools such as checklists and a scope and sequence. While curriculum is revised as changes in standards take place, classroom textbooks and other resources are on a seven year cycle. 

There is a continuous effort to offer the students of Basehor-Linwood a quality education. The importance that teachers, administrators and board members have placed on curriculum is evidence of this effort.