Curriculum and Instruction
The Forest Hills Public Schools Instruction Office provides resources and services to district teachers that support high-quality instruction in every school.
We are committed to ensuring high levels of learning for every student. Our practices are predicated on both the science of teaching, through the use of effective instructional practices that are grounded in research, and the art of teaching, through the use of student-centered innovative and promising practices.
Educator teams throughout our district engage in collaborative and job-embedded professional learning that empowers them to create learning experiences and environments that engage, motivate, and prepare students for life, meaningful work, and civic responsibilities.
Coordination of all district, state, and national assessments is facilitated through the Instruction Office. Forest Hills teachers use multiple types of assessment to support students’ academic growth and development. Administrators and district staff use assessment results to continually improve instructional practices and ensure our curriculum meets or exceeds state and federal expectations.
State of Michigan Assessments
Forest Hills Public Schools complies with all state and federal requirements for annual testing of students.
Annual assessments include:
- M-STEP – grades 3-8, 11
- MI-Access – grades 3-8, 11 (These are alternative assessments for students whose IEP teams have determined that it is not appropriate for them to participate in the state’s general education assessments)
- PSAT – grades 8, 9, and 10
- SAT – grade 11
- WorkKeys – grade 11
- WIDA – kindergarten through grade 12 (English Learners only)
The State of Michigan has produced resources to provide families with information on student testing. Links to these resources are provided in the What Parents Should Know document.
If you are interested in learning more about the historical performance of Forest Hills students and graduates on state assessments, please visit the website: MISchoolData.org.
Forest Hills Public Schools uses the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments in kindergarten through 8th grade. MAP results provide teachers with information useful for supporting and monitoring students as they work toward the end-of-year grade level curriculum standards. When used in combination with other academic measures in the classroom, MAP is an effective tool for supporting every student’s academic growth within and across grade levels.