Durango School District 9-R

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Welcome to 9-R Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment!


CIA Action Plan

The purpose of the CIA department in Durango School District 9-R is to optimize academic achievement for all students.  We do that by ensuring that EVERY student makes no less than one year’s growth in a year’s time, with students who are behind making more in order to close the achievement gap. Guided by our Core Beliefs and Beliefs about Learning, we will ensure that all students will graduate prepared for post-secondary education, college, and career, as a result of engagement in a rigorous and relevant educational experience.

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Core Beliefs
  • With our help and support, ALL students can meet or exceed grade level expectations and become successful contributing citizens.
  • We purposely engage all students in quality instruction in every environment.
  • We create a positive environment for all that inspires commitment to the mission and vision of the district.
  • We, as professionals in 9-R, seek to continue to grow and develop our ability to deliver a quality product and service to our students, their families, our colleagues, and our community.
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Beliefs about Learning
  • All students can learn to proficiency or above.
  • Learning is a constant process fostered by a growth mindset.
  • Students own their learning through voice and choice.
  • Learning motivates learning.
  • Students must have a clear understanding of their learning goals.
  • To achieve academic success, learning, assessment, and instruction must be aligned and driven by standards.
Major Improvement Strategy 1:
  • Implement a guaranteed and viable curriculum as outlined in curriculum maps in ELA, math, science and social studies to ensure all students achieve at least one year’s worth of growth or more, if needing to catch up.
  • Develop a guaranteed and viable curriculum as outlined in curriculum maps in all other non-core areas.
Major Improvement Strategy 2:
  • Develop and implement a common instructional framework to ensure all students achieve one year’s growth or more if needing to catch up.  
Major Improvement Strategy 3:
  • Develop and implement an assessment system that gathers evidence, determining if a student has made at least one year’s growth or more if needing to catch up.
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