Curriculum & Assessment

Dr. Sharon Vitella
Assistant Superintendent/Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Sharon Vitella oversees Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the Mount Laurel Schools.

Dr. Vitella works with teams of highly-skilled staff members specializing in their subject areas to develop Mount Laurel's Curriculum Guides. She also assists in the development of staff training to implement programs effectively in the classroom.

Our curriculum is based on best-practice research and study in all subject areas. Each area of curriculum is routinely revised with the most current knowledge and all of our guides meet the Core Content Curriculum Guidelines as established by the New Jersey Department of Education

Current K-4 Parents: Reading Level Explanation

If your child has just completed Grades K-4, their final report card reflects a grade indicating their Instructional Level for Reading. This guide will help you to better understand where they should be at this time of the year for each particular grade.

Assessment of Student Skills

Assessments For Gifted and Advanced Course Placement
The criteria for student placement in our Gifted Academic Program (GAP) will continue with a portfolio assessment for each student. The student’s Fountas and Pinnell (F & P) Instructional Level Expectations for Reading, the district’s English Language Arts Assessments, as well as the Progressive Math Initiative (PMI) final exam score in Grades 2, 3, and 4 will be factors considered for GAP placement. This chart will define the assessments used by all grade levels for GAP placement.
Tips for Parents To Help Students Prepare For Testing
The Parents Section of our website includes a page of resources specifically geared to help parents prepare their children for testing. Access it here.

PARCC Update: New Information from Department of Education

The PARCC Governing Board, made up of the state education commissioners and superintendents, voted on May 21 to consolidate the two testing windows into one and to reduce total test time by about 90 minutes for the 2015-16 school year. The vote came in response to school district and teacher feedback during the first year of testing and a careful review of the test design.

Read more about the reasons behind the changes in this release.

Here are the highlights of changes we will see in PARCC for the 2015-2016 administration year.

Links to Curriculum Guides

The links to the left of this page will take you to each of our district curriculum guides. Most curriculum guide files are presented in PDF format. You will need Acrobat Reader to download and read files. If needed, you may download that free program here.