Academics and Innovation

Welcome students, families, and community members to KSD’s Division of Academics and Innovation. Made up of several office teams, the Division is committed to pursuing access and equity so that every student graduates college and career ready. The links below provide information related to academic standards and programs in the district. 

Students reading a book together.

Transitions to New, Higher Standards In Kent School District

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) CCSS are the adopted standards in the state of Washington for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The Kent School District is phasing in implementation of these standards over the 2012-13 to 2014-15 school years.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) On October 4, 2013, Governor Inslee and Superintendent Dorn announced the adoption of the NGSS for implementation in Washington’s schools to provide consistent science education through all grades, with an emphasis on engineering and technology. Staff in the Kent School District are preparing for full implementation in 2016-17. This NGSS FAQ page contains more information about the standards and the KSD's implementation timelines.
The standards for educational technology work within Kent's teaching and learning environment. The assessments for educational technology integrate within core content areas – science, math, health, English language arts, social studies and the arts.
 

KSD Curriculum Information

Core Content
For each of the core content areas, follow these links for overview information about the standards, instructional resources, and assessments used in Kent Schools.
Adopted Materials and Supplemental Support Materials for elementary schools.
Secondary Adopted Materials
Adopted Materials and Supplemental Support Materials for secondary schools.
Kent Virtual Library with links to other online research resources.

 

KSD Programs

Assistive Technology  Resources to ensure all students increase independence and achievement through use of technology.
Battle of the Books
Reading incentive program in KSD elementary and middle schools.
Career and Technical Education
Find information about Kent School District Career and Technical Programs.
Dual Language The program will develop a high academic and linguistic proficiency in two languages by participating in a rigorous academic program that enhances the development of bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy
Services available for students who are learning English.
Highly Capable (HiCap)
Programs for students who have special needs created by their depth of understanding and insight, advanced academic skills, rapid rate of learning, aptitude for higher levels of thinking and capacity for creative thinking.
Services for students with special educational needs. 
One-to-One Laptop Initiative
This section reviews the shared vision and purpose behind our One-to-One Laptop Initiative, including a timeline, information about research and best practices of One-to-One, a summary of our past, present, and future, and links to news stories and presentations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Second Step teaches developmentally appropriate social-emotional skills to children in grades K-8 and Kelso's Choice is a conflict-management program for K-6 students.
Technology resources to help teachers engage their students in the classroom.
Students can earn high school World Language credit through demonstrated proficiency on an approved test of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

 

Secondary Program Resources

Click to access course catalogs for Middle Schools and High Schools.
Revised Graduation Requirements.
NCAA Eligibility
Under the Information tab in the Secondary Course Catalog is a section named NCAA.  Click here to view it now. 
eFOLIOLite Information
A program designed to store and organize high school students' required Culminating Project artifacts.

 

Washington State Educational Information

Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for general information about education in Washington state.
Information from OSPI on providing leadership, service and support for the development and implementation of research-based learning standards and curriculum to ensure that all learners achieve at high levels.
How OSPI measures school accountability.
General information about school demographics, student academic performance, and staff characteristics.