Student Learning

Our teachers take a learner-centered approach and consider children as active participants in the learning process; students engage in the construction of their own knowledge.

All of our students - at every grade level - receive instruction in the basic, core curriculum areas of literacy, math, science, social studies, music, physical education, and media/technology. In addition, students are taught to think creatively, solve problems, and work collaboratively. These are just some of the 21st century learning skills infused in our teaching which are essential for student success in a changing world.

We believe that students, parents, and district educators share the responsibility of making sure that students are learning all they need to know, not just to meet Minnesota State Standards but to ensure success in life. 

Shared Responsibility and Student Performance Measures

Religion In The Schools

Student Progress Reports

Learning Year Programs

English Learners

Shared Responsibility and Student Performance Measures Policy R 1.0

The district is committed to identifying meaningful measures of student performance in order to monitor and improve student learning. These measures will assist in making informed decisions related to the use of staff and financial resources.

Students are responsible for their own learning.
  • It is expected that, through opportunities made available by District 834, students will develop their academic talents in order to become lifelong learners.

Parents/guardians are expected to be active participants in student learning.

  • Parents/guardians are expected to ensure their child(ren)’s attendance at school, insist on the completion of student work, monitor student performance, and advocate for the needs of their child(ren).

Teachers are recognized as having the most important impact on day-to-day student learning.

  • Through the use of innovative practices, positive relationships, and the implementation of district curriculum, high achievement for all learners is expected.

  • Teachers’ professional learning plans, as well as the evaluation of teachers, must have student learning as their ultimate outcome.

 The community plays a vital role in student learning.
  • Through its financial support, the community will determine the scope of the district educational programming and opportunities for student choice.
  • The community’s willingness to partner, as volunteers, community experts and as a support system for our students, will help determine how effective the District can be in helping all students reach their potential.

The Superintendent shall administer district programs and evaluate the outcomes through seven measures of student performance, including:

  • Student Engagement

  • Student Social, Emotional and Behavioral Development

  • Kindergarten Readiness

  • Third Grade Literacy Proficiency

  • Closing of Identified Achievement Gaps

  • College and Career Readiness

  • High School Graduation Rates 

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Religion In The Schools Policy R1.10

It is the policy of I.S.D. 834 to support a climate of academic freedom in which ideas, including those associated with religion, can be discussed in an objective way, for their educational value, with emphasis on their impact on history, literature, art, music, science, ethics and social institutions.

Policy R1.10 defines limitations and Rights and Responsibilities of Students, Staff and Volunteers as well as procedures for curriculum examination and review.

Teaching about religion and beliefs of conscience is a legitimate and appropriate part of a complete academic education at the elementary and secondary levels. However students/parents may choose to not participate for religious reasons, and engage in alternate instruction, without consequence, as per Minnesota Statute 120B.20. Parents with questions should contact their building administration.

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Student Progress Reports Policy R3.1

It is the policy of I.S.D. 834 that it is for the superintendent/designee to provide for the annual classification, reporting of progress, and maintenance of records for all pupils. 

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Learning Year Programs

Minnesota state statute, section 124D.128, provides detail realted to the parental right to notice of optional learning year programs.

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English Learners Program
Minnesota state statute, section 124D.60, provides details related to parental rights to student enrollment in programs for English learners, including notice, withdrawal and parental involvement.