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LWHS capitol visit SB 5171

Students in Lake Washington High School’s AP US Government & Politics classes get first-hand experience in the legislative process. As part of the class, students crafted Senate Bill (SB) 5171, which bans gender-based price discrimination on similar products

Meritorious Budget Award

Award reflects District’s goal of fiscal responsibility

Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District’s (LWSD’s) 2022-23 Budget has earned the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) Meritorious Budget Award (MBA). This award promotes and recognizes excellence in budget presentation in school districts. LWSD has received this award six years in a row. LWSD is the only district in the state of Washington to receive this award.

Last day of school remains Friday, June 23

Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District (LWSD) has finalized plans to make up for the one day missed due to the November 30 snow day. The 2022-23 calendar has been modified to reflect this change:  

  • Tuesday, May 30: change from a non-school day to a full day for students

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    Curriculum and Assessment Framework

    The Curriculum and Assessment Framework defines curriculum as the work and learning of students. It involves instructional planning on the part of the teacher, the use of effective instructional strategies with students, and ongoing assessment of student learning. Curriculum provides students, teachers and parents with clear goals and targets for achievement. Out of this grows the work of teachers: instructional planning and delivery, and assessment practices that will support students in their development and learning.

    Planning for student success begins with a focus on student-centered classrooms. Teachers build unit and lesson plans incorporating a variety of assessments with student-centered learning as a foundational framework. Thinking skills and strategies are at the center of student learning.

    Key Points in Student-Centered Learning

    • Students benefit when they help to design/implement instruction and assessment.
    • Effective instructional activities meet academic standards and student needs/interests.
    • Decisions about instruction are based on assessments of what students already know and can do.
    • There is a strong connection between what students are learning in class with applications in the world beyond the classroom.

    Characteristics of Student-Centered Learning

    • Ongoing reflection on assessment of standards and learning
    • Student choice
    • Relevant connections to the world
    • Collaboration
    • Student involvement in planning
    • Student interests and needs at the center of instruction
    • Student awareness of the importance of their learning:
      • What am I doing?
      • Why am I doing it?
      • What am I learning?
      • How will I show my learning to others?

    The teacher’s first step in curriculum planning is to develop a comprehensive plan for the units of study students will engage in over the course of the school year. With a yearlong plan in mind, the teacher designs specific units to help students reach the standards set in the Curriculum and Assessment Framework.