Academic Rigour

I. Setting the Standard

At Malvern, we believe that setting high standards is essential for student success.

   Total classroom environment endorses a high-degree of performance from each student.
   Teacher believes in the potential for each student’s success and communicates this belief.
   Lessons and tasks are designed to lead students to high academic achievement
   High-level, thought-provoking questions are asked by teacher.
   High-level, thought-provoking answers are shared by students.

II. Supporting Rigorous Achievement

Not only is maintaining a high standard essential for student success, but excellent teachers must also make sure that they are supporting each and every student to move progressively toward the desired level of achievement.

   Lessons are systematicallyscaffolded from one to the next.
   Materials are consistently organized to clearly provide students with clear notes.
   Intervention used to ensure no students are left behind.
   Teacher is available to help students individually.
   Parents are communicated with regularly regarding the progress of their child.

III. Validation of Achievement

It’s not enough for teachers simply to “teach” and expect students then to “learn.” The final step for true assessment of academic rigor within the classroom is for the teacher to provide students with various opportunities to demonstrate their degree of achievement in relation to the given standard.

   Students allowed the opportunity to ask questions and revise work.
   Teachers give positive affirmation
   Students work independently or collaboratively
   Students connect material to real-life examples and situations.
   Teachers provide regular written or spoken summative reports.
   Students reflect on their learning progress and efforts.