ST1.6: The interdisciplinary problem-based curriculum includes a focus on real world applications.

Self Assessment Score: 3

Alice Drive Elementary’s Curriculum is based on the South Carolina College and Career Ready Standards that were adopted in 2015. Based upon the necessity across our state Molly Spearman, our State Superintendent, presented a profile for what we want to see when our graduates leave public education. The Profile-of-the-South-Carolina-Graduate was the driving force behind the development of our standards and has been adopted and approved by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA), the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, the Education Oversight Committee (EOC), the State Board of Education (SBE), and the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) in an effort to identify the knowledge, skills, and characteristics a high school graduate should possess in order to be prepared for success as they enter college or pursue a career. The Profile states graduates should possess “World Class Knowledge, World Class Skills”, and certain “Life and Career Characteristics” that will enable them to be successful in the workforce. At ADE this begins in our youngest learners and continues through twelfth grade. We cannot prepare our students for today’s world if we continue to teach in the same manner we have for the past 60 years. Our strength as a school is that we use our standards and support documents in planning and implementing our curriculum. We know our content and develop daily lessons that support the inquiry model that is embedded in our standards. Our weakness is that we need to develop more units of study that cross disciplines and are grounded in real world applications. As we build a stronger and more inquiry based curriculum we will see the reciprocity of our disciplines with each other and the ease with which learning occurs in this process. 

South Carolina College and Career Ready Standards

The South Carolina College and Career Ready Standards, which were created from national standards, are at the core of our curriculum here at Alice Drive Elementary School. Our state standards and support documents guide our development of inquiry units in all subjects and are used by our district to create a district wide curriculum.


MasteryConnect is a K-8 grade curriculum tool that our district uses to house our curriculum. Through MasteryConnect’s MasteryTracker, teachers can:  

  • Assess core standards, monitor student performance, and report student mastery to parents and administrators. Use multiple choice, rubrics, oral assessments, writing assessments or any curriculum or content type.
  • Visualize student performance relative to the core with the traffic light approach of red, yellow, and green mastery status.
  • Mix and match standard sets, create custom standards, and easily drag and drop standards into any sequence. (Curriculum Maps)
  • Administer district-created or teacher-created benchmark assessments. Utilize third-party item bank content.
  • Convenient ‘View Standards’ links helps teachers stay focused on teaching and assessing core standards.
  • Integrated standards-based reports provide real-time information about mastery to students and parents.
  • Easily view resources and content tied to state standards.
  • With focus on individual standards, teachers can easily identify which students are struggling to understand a concept. (Remediation/Reteach)
  • With simple reports and the mastery tracker, identifying students for tiered interventions has never been easier. (Response to Intervention (RTI)

Project Lead the Way 

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) kits are utilized in the STEAM lab. All kindergarten through fifth grade students participate in STEAM lab once every 6 days. During this time they are engaged in solving real world problems while implementing the Engineering Design Process. PLTW’s curriculum and kits are ordered based on the science units being taught in our core science classrooms. Our District STEM Support Specialist supplies a plan in how to implement PLTW in the Related Arts (document below), which standards aligned kits to purchase, and when to implement them. Each student keeps a STEAM journal where they document; observations, collect data, draws designs based on their critical thinking, and reflect upon their learning.