Corcoran High School
Remediation Program Title:
Standards Plus Focus Lessons
English-Language Arts and Math
The Standards Plus program consists of a series of mini-lessons presented every day for the first five to ten minutes in every class throughout the campus. Each lesson focuses on a specific skill or concept that is included on the CAHSEE. The math department teaches the math lessons and the English department teaches the English-language arts (ELA) lessons. All other departments align with either math or English and do something to support the focus lesson of the day. The lessons are very short and are targeted to standards-based concepts and skills. Following every fourth lesson, a short assessment is administered in order to gauge learning.
While not directly teaching from the resource manual, teachers try to find a way to weave the concept or skill into their own lesson for the day. For instance, the focus lesson for the day may be about capitalization of proper nouns. The social studies teacher may point out that names of countries and states are proper nouns and should always be capitalized.
Each teacher receives a binder that includes everything needed, including overhead transparencies, to teach the lesson. The binder is divided by strand and includes lessons for teaching and re-teaching. Binders are available for Grades 9/10 and for Grades 11/12. Corcoran High School is currently using the Grade 9/10-level binder for initial program implementation.
Teacher preparation time is minimal. Teachers must read and be familiar with the material being presented. A school wide lesson calendar is followed to ensure consistency of instruction. The daily lesson is also posted in the school bulletin.
Binders should be ordered from Standards Plus six to eight weeks prior to implementation of the program. Teacher training should occur one to two weeks prior to implementation.
All students in grades 9-12
Typical Instructional Setting:
Diagnostic Assessment Used:
No diagnostic tool is used to pretest, as all students receive the same instruction. A post-assessment is included in the resource binder to be administered at the completion of every fourth lesson.
A teacher resource binder is provided for each teacher. It includes daily lessons to be taught for both math and ELA. Lessons are targeted to a specific skill or concept in math or ELA. A school wide implementation calendar to ensure consistent daily coverage of the lessons is distributed to all staff at the onset of program implementation.
Please see the Standards Plus program for more information.
Title I Resource Teacher
Corcoran High School
1520 Patterson Drive
Corcoran, CA 93212