Teaching and Learning

The Teaching and Learning Department promotes academic excellence, enhances educational opportunities for Cass School District 63 students and staff and strives to improve the quality of teaching and learning by providing leadership and support. Various topics included within the scope of this department include: curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, grant writing and reporting, resource adoption, Special Education, English language learning, Gifted Program, library services and instructional technology (in partnership with the Technology Department).  


Standards Based Reporting

Cass School District 63 reports student progress to parents based on students demonstrating understanding of a set of predetermined standards based on content and subject area  expectations. Compared to traditional grading, standards based grading more accurately represents learning progress towards the proficiency of standards. Assessing progress towards each standard allows feedback that is specific. Work habits are also reported separately than academic/ content standards.

Standards-based progress allows for teachers to modify their instruction based on individual results using both formative and summative assessments. Progress measured to standards allows for students to be measured against themselves rather than others.

For additional information, please feel free to make an appointment with your building Principal.

Other resources     


Article from Educational Leadership

Article from Association of Middle Level Education

Ted Talk regarding SBR

Educational Researcher, Rick Wormeli

Educational Researcher, Robert Marzano

Contact Information




Dr. Laura Anderson
District Director of Teaching and Learning
331/481-4000 ext. 4014

Cass School District 63
8502 Bailey Road
Darien, Illinois 60561-5333
331/481-4000 • FAX 331/481-4001

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