Education fads come and go, but BCP focuses on identifying and implementing proven strategies. We have stayed true to our principles throughout the past two decades, where we have identified or created a variety of effective educational programs, put them into practice, and refined them as needed.
Direct Instruction is a research-based comprehensive school reform model that consists of carefully scripted lessons, backed by texts and workbooks. It is supported by over 40 years of research and has been consistently rated as one of the most effective comprehensive school reform models. When implemented properly, students attain reading, writing, and math skills beyond their current grade level in a relatively short amount of time. BCP brought Direct Instruction to Baltimore City Schools in 1996.
CORE KNOWLEDGE CURRICULUM
BCP piloted the Core Knowledge Language Arts curriculum in 2014, which ensures students are well prepared when they transition from learning to read to reading to learn. The curriculum includes fiction and nonfiction texts that teachers read aloud. These texts are grouped in knowledge domains that create interactive opportunities to question, discuss, and share ideas centered on text.
Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments are state-aligned computerized adaptive tests that accurately reflect the instructional level of each student and measure growth over time. BCP began using MAP to measure student growth at each BCP schools in 2007. For more information visit Northwest Evaluation Association at: http://www.nwea.org/.
We believe in honest, rigorous assessment. The Direct Instruction reading and language arts programs assess students every five to ten lessons to make sure they are on track. BCP leadership and school-based academic coaches meet weekly to review student data, determine where additional support may be needed, and identify opportunities for acceleration. MAP assessments are administered at least twice a year to measure and analyze student growth.