CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
The Curriculum and Professional Learning Department works collaboratively with principals, teachers, and school/community stakeholders to create, implement, evaluate, and revise instructional programs. If you have questions regarding the curriculum provided by the Franklin Special School District to support the Tennessee Department of Education’s Academic Standards, please contact:
The FSSD follows the Tennessee Academic Standards for all courses in all schools. Tennessee’s curriculum standards were revised in 2008 and are considered among the most rigorous in the nation. At a minimum, the standards must be reviewed every six years in accordance with State Board policy 3.209. The four content areas (math, English language arts, social studies, and science) have recently moved through the revision process. For more information regarding standards revision please visit Tennessee Department of Education Standards Review online.
More information about
- Academic Standards
- FSSD Syllabi (Grades 6-8)
- FSSD Pacing Guides
- Middle School Course Offerings Guide
The FSSD Accelerated Learning program is part of the Special Populations Department.
The Franklin Special School District recognizes the unique needs of both accelerated learners and students who meet the Tennessee state eligibility standards for intellectually gifted. Delivery of instruction is based on individual student need. FSSD has an Accelerated Learning Specialist (ALS) in each school. These specialists work with students and/or consult with teachers to differentiate instruction for advanced learners.
Evaluation for the Intellectually Gifted:
The FSSD uses a Standards Based Grading System for grades K-4 and a letter-based system for grades 5-8.
The FSSD strives to maximize the potential of students who demonstrate outstanding intellectual achievement, performance, and ability by emphasizing in-depth analytical thinking and creative problem-solving. Students are empowered to acquire the academic skills necessary for success in advanced placement courses.
- HONORS PROGRAM GUIDELINES
- 2017-2018 Honors Program Qualifying Scores
- 2017-2018 Honors Program Qualifying Scores
Honors Program Parent Information:
For those who could not make it to the Feb. 1 Honors Program Parent Information night, here are the presentation slides:
2018-2019 Registration for6th-7th Graders: Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT) and/or Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) – Elementary Level
- Both tests offered February 15, 2018
- Registration forms due February 8, 2018
- 6th grade students may take IATT to determine eligibility for 7th grade Honors Math or Algebra I
- 7th grade students may take IATT to determine eligibility for 8th grade Algebra I
- 6th grade students may take MLAT to determine eligibility for 7th grade World Language I-A (French or Spanish)
- Reconsideration Request Form: This form is to be completed by a parent who makes a request for his/her child to be placed in the Honors Program, World Language, and/or 8th grade Algebra I when the child has not met qualifying criteria.
507 New Hwy 96 West
The Franklin Special School District uses the Tennessee Department of Education’s Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) Model to provide academic and behavior support in the general education classroom with the goal of early intervention and prevention before a gap in achievement becomes too great. RTI2 is a school-wide, multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement. It is a tiered approach to service delivery that provides a systematic and data-based framework through implementation of research-based instructional practices correlated to the individual learner’s needs.
We believe that a consistent, informed intervention program for all students will result in more achievement opportunities. FSSD fully implements a unified RTI2 approach in all grade levels. RTI2 interventions are provided in all schools in both mathematics and reading.
Literacy and RtI
Textbook Adoption Information
The State Textbook Commission is responsible for recommending an official list of textbooks to the Tennessee State Board of Education (SBOE) for approval. Once the SBOE has approved a list of textbooks, it is the responsibility of local boards of education to decide which textbooks to use in their districts.
Science Adoption 2018-2019
The Franklin Special School District is scheduled to adopt science textbooks for the 2018-2019 school year. The FSSD is currently in the process of selecting members for the textbook review committee. In accordance with state requirements, the FSSD Board of Education will approve the recommended review committee to review the textbooks and instructional materials proposed for adoption and make their adoption upon recommendations of such committees. These committees are set up by grade and subject matter fields and composed of teachers, or supervisors and teachers, and parents with children enrolled in the district at the time of appointment to the committee.
According to the Tennessee Department of Education:
• the School Board may also choose to appoint experts in the grade level or subject matter field for which textbooks and instructional materials are to be reviewed.
• Teachers and supervisors who serve on the committee must be teaching or supervising the respective grade or subject at the time of appointment and must be licensed to teach in the state with endorsements in the subject matter or grade level for which textbooks or instructional materials are being reviewed.
• Teachers and supervisors must have three or more years of experience as teachers or supervisors in the public schools. The Director of Schools in the district adopting textbooks or instructional materials serves as an ex officio member of all committees.
After the textbook committee makes its recommendation to the School Board, the Director of Schools records the list of all textbooks or instructional materials adopted by the Board, forwards a copy of the recorded adoption to the Commissioner of Education and posts the list on the district’s web site.
Students in our district are provided with all of the resources they need to support this type of instructional environment. Parents are urged to contact teachers to learn more about the specific resources used in their child’s classroom and how they can help reinforce material learned in class at home.
For more information about the textbook adoption process, please visit the Tennessee Department of Education’s website for Textbook Adoption Cycle and Textbook Services.