Core Instruction

  • Asheville City Schools believes all students can learn, discover and thrive.  By putting students first and remaining standards-focused, we will strive to create learning environments that ensure excellence with equity for all students.

    Strong CORE instruction delivered with fidelity is the hallmark of success and equity for all students. Core instruction includes general academic, behavioral and social-emotional instruction and support designed and differentiated for all students. Asheville City Schools defines core instruction through the lens of the MTSS components of environment, curriculum, instruction, and data evaluation.


    • expectations for students and staff across the school and classroom settings.
    • climate, management, scheduling, and instructional grouping used to serve all students
    • appropriate responses to problem behavior
    • standards for student engagement
    • acknowledgment system and other procedures used with all students


    • materials, instructional programs, texts, lessons, and mapping (for academics and behavior/social-emotional functioning) delivered to all students
    • evidence-based
    • aligned with student needs
    • provide clear mapping towards meeting standards
    • take into account student skill deficits
    • align with school resources
    • evaluated often for effectiveness but with a keen eye first on implementation fidelity


    • practices used to deliver the curriculum (academics and behavior/social-emotional functioning) to all students
    • align with student need and resources
    • evidence-based
    • include a variety of methods
    • ensure cultural responsiveness


    • includes two broad types of data:
      • implementation measures measure what the adults are doing (ie adherence to the master schedule, instructional walk-throughs, program fidelity measures, and staff professional development/coaching attendance)
      • student measures which inform instruction, identify students who are at risk, determine why students are at risk, monitor student progress and determine if we met outcomes