Parents

Our Portage students today are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) developed the Indiana College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). These standards establish clear and consistent guidelines for what every student will learn, should know, and should be able to do in Reading, Writing, and Math from Kindergarten through 12th Grades.

The CCRS focus on developing each student’s:
· critical-thinking and problem-solving ability
· independence to tackle tough content with strategies and increased confidence
· knowledge base across a wide range of subject matter
· response to different tasks, different purposes, and different ‘audiences’
· ability to understand what they learning and also critique what they are learning
· appreciation for evidence to support an idea, opinion, or cause
· technology and digital media skills and abilities
· appreciation for different perspectives and other cultures

By focusing on developing these skills and abilities, students acquire more of what they need to be successful in school, in college, and throughout life.

Additionally, the CCRS standards continue to provide a way for Portage teachers to measure student progress throughout the school year and ensure that our Portage kids are on the pathway to success in the academic careers.

The links on the left side of this page will lead you to parent guides that explain what students will be learning in each grade for each trimester, quarter, and year – Kindergarten – 12th Grade. Additionally, you will find a link that provides you with a “glossary” of school terms, words, and acronyms. This “glossary” is designed to help you better understand the ‘lingo’ used in your child’s school. These parent guides and “glossary” of school terms will remain on this page and updated as adjustments are made to what students are learning or when new school ‘lingo’ becomes part of our conversations. We hope you find these resources helpful and easy to understand. This is, and will always be, our primary goal. In order for parents to be as involved and informed as possible, we strive to communicate in clear and concise ways. If there is additional information you would like for us to consider putting up on this page or attached to the links on the left please feel free to share those ideas and thoughts through email to our Webmaster. We will do our best to provide you and the greater Portage community with additional resources that come from your feedback and suggestions.

For access to additional resources beyond what is on this page related to the Indiana College and Career Readiness Standards you can visit http://www.doe.in.gov/standards.

Again, we hope you find what we have provided you here to be meaningful and of great benefit to you and to your understanding of what Portage kids are learning every step of their educational journey from Kindergarten through their Senior Year at Portage High School.