What do I need to bring to an ILP meeting?
- Questions - Whether you are new to homeschooling or you have been doing it for years, write down any questions you may have about curriculum, homeschooling, sessions, or anything else.
- Completed ILP form for each student K-8 or 9-12 Arriving with these forms filled out makes it a lot easier to go through your child's ILP. It's OK if you are unsure of which curriculum you are using.
How do I know what my children need to learn each year?
- This may vary by family and for individual students, but in general we follow MSBSD blueprints which follow Alaska State Standards.
Which curriculum is the best?
What do I need to provide for Grade Conferences?
- Sufficient work samples to demonstrate your child's learning and growth.
- Documentation that resources which are being purchased through allotment are being used.
- Time-logs for P.E., music, or any other elective courses which do not have a physical product to demonstrate learning; e.g., paperwork or course transcript from another institution.
- Pictures! Pictures and video are great way to show what students are learning. It is easy to set up a shared drive for you to share any pictures, videos, documents, or anything else you may have, electronically.
What about testing?
- Being able to demonstrate your students proficiency is an important part of our home-school program.
- Alaska Statute (4 AAC 33.421) requires all students to participate in statewide student assessments.
- Currently there are three forms of testing being used by our district to assess students.
- AIMSweb- Used by the district to monitor student progress in reading primarily for the RTI process in schools.
- MAP- Given 2-3 times per year. It is used to monitor student progress and growth in Reading, Writing, and Math. The MAP assessment gives the most individualized data and is used to help drive instruction for teachers and parents. MAP scores are also used to help place students at the middle school and high school levels withing the district. MAP is also the best assessment to monitor your child's growth from year to year.
- PEAKS- Statewide standardized test used by the State to monitor student proficiency. The PEAKS is only given once a year and is only given to 3rd-10th grade students. The PEAKS is what the State uses to help shape policy and make decisions about education statewide.
What are sessions and do my kids have to go?
- Sessions are extension classes that are offered at Twindly Bridge. These sessions are meant to offer a time for socialization as well as an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of topics that a parent may not have the resources to teach at home. These sessions take place during a ten-week block in the fall and another ten-week block in the spring. These sessions are extensions and as such do not count toward credit for any courses listed on the students ILP.
- No, students are not required to attend sessions.