Teaching & Learning

Portsmouth School District

Charting the Course to Excellence

Curriculum (what we teach), instruction (how we teach) and assessment (how we know students are learning) are the foundation of the Portsmouth School Department.  Within this site, you will find resources on Professional Learning Communities, Response to Intervention, Common Core State Standards, and much more.  Use the navigation bar to the left to explore these resources. 


The curriculum is the roadmap for learning, focusing on the essential knowledge and skills that result in all students achieving 21st century expectations for learning.  The curriculum is built upon the Common Core State Standards and Rhode Island's Grade Span and Grade Level Expectations. 



Instruction is the way by which the learning goals established in the curriculum will be achieved; it is the implementation of the curriculum.  The quality of instruction is the single most important factor in student achievement.  Good instruction employs innovative and research-proven teaching strategies utilizing technology and effective instructional resources. 



Assessments are a cornerstone of effective teaching and learning and take place in many forms as formative and summative in nature, including classroom-based measures, standardized tests, benchmark assessments, and progress monitoring.  Assessments provide a reliable and valid measure of a student's learning, understanding, and growth toward meeting the learning expectations.  Assessments also inform teachers about student achievement in order to adjust curriculum and instruction.