Curriculum & Assessment

Dr. Sharon Vitella
Assistant Superintendent for 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.
Assessment of student skills is conducted in our schools utilizing the state-mandated Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers  (PARCC) test each spring for Language Arts and Mathematics. Science skills are tested in Grade 4 and Grade 8 only via the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) test. See parent guides to these tests at links to left.

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.

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.

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.