Theory of Standards | Windermere Preparatory School-Content Page Header - US schools-WPS_Windermere_2019_392

Standards provide a foundation for our teachers to develop clear learning targets. Every high-performing school aligns its curriculum and instruction to a set of standards.

Windermere Preparatory School has aligned its curriculum to the Educational Records Bureau's CTP4 Standards, the College Board Advanced Placement Standards, and the International Baccalaureate Program Standards.

The CTP4 was intentionally selected as a foundation for the school’s curriculum because of its emphasis on critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills. Similarly, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program was selected as the capstone program in the school because of its emphasis on higher-order thinking and application.

The CTP4 spring tests and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) exams provide important third-party feedback regarding the performance of individual students against the prescribed, specific standards. Additionally, these measures give the school important feedback that can be used to evaluate the alignment of the curriculum and the effectiveness of instruction on a year-to-year basis.

In order to achieve and maintain a guaranteed and viable curriculum, Power Standards have been developed for each course and grade level at Windermere Preparatory School.

Power Standards and their associated benchmarks articulate the learning goals of the class and provide the faculty with a basis for developing instructional units, assessments of student learning, as well as the selection of resources and texts for their classes.

Additionally, Power Standards clearly articulate the intended learning outcomes for each course for students and parents.