AERO Standards-Based Curriculum

    Banjul American Embassy School is an AERO Standards-Based School. The Vision and Mission of AERO are very clear:

    Vision:

    American-sponsored overseas schools will know how standards-based education can and should strengthen a school’s curriculum, teaching, assessment, and, most importantly, student learning. These schools will develop and sustain a program of standards-based learning in their schools.

    Mission

    -Provide challenging, professionally-validated, voluntary academic standards for use as a foundation for curriculum in American-sponsored schools overseas
    -Assist overseas schools to develop their own K-12 curricula that are grounded in standards
    -Train teachers to use the AERO standards as the basis for assessing their students’ progress and their own instruction
    -Assist schools in developing standards-based curricula and sustaining curricula by becoming professional communities of learners.

    Curriculum Development is an on-going process. As the teachers at BAES build units each year they revise and adjust those units to suit their changing student population. Teachers change or add materials, revise their plans and adjust their assessments but always with the vision of providing the best possible educational experience for the students in their care.

    In education, the term standards-based refers to systems of instruction, assessment, grading, and academic reporting that are based on students demonstrating understanding or mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through their education.

    Standards-Based - The Glossary of Education Reform

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    The general goal of standards-based learning is to ensure that students are acquiring the knowledge and skills that are deemed to be essential to be successful in school, higher education, careers, and adult life. If students fail to meet expected learning standards, they typically receive additional instruction, practice time, and academic support to help them achieve proficiency or meet the learning expectations described in the standards. Standards-based learning is common in American elementary schools, but it is becoming more widely used in middle and secondary schools.

    To learn more about the AERO Standards used at BAES please go to: http://www.projectaero.org/