Policy 601

  • ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND INSTRUCTIONAL CURRICULUM

    I.          PURPOSE

    The purpose of this policy is to establish broad curriculum parameters for the school district that encompass the Minnesota Graduation Standards, the

    federal requirements,  and to establish a uniform grading approach.

    II.         GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

    The district is committed to providing a comprehensive educational experience for students that is defined by academic standards and implemented through an aligned instructional curriculum for kindergarten through grade 12.  The school district will deliver the standards and curriculum at identified grade levels through classes and/or courses.

    III.          DEFINITIONS

    A.       “Instruction” means methods of providing learning experiences to enable students to meet academic standards.

    B.       “Curriculum” means district adopted written plans for providing students learning experiences that lead to knowledge and skills.

    C.       “Academic standards” describe the concepts, processes and skills students will learn and the level to which they must be mastered 

    IV.          STUDENT PERFORMANCE GOALS

    A.       Academic standards will require that all students demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a changing global environment.  These skills include:

    1.        Reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing in the English language.

    2.        Mathematical and scientific concepts and processes.

    3.        Locating, organizing, communicating and evaluating information and developing methods of inquiry.

    4.        Creative and critical thinking, decision making and study skills.

    5.        Work readiness and independent learning skills.

    6.        Historical, economic, geographic and cultural understandings.

     

    B.       Each student will have the opportunity and will be expected to develop and apply essential knowledge that enables that student to:

    1.        Live as a responsible, productive citizen within local, state, national and global political, social, and economic systems.

    2.        Bring many perspectives, including historical and scientific, to contemporary issues.

    3.        Know and understand democratic institutions.

    4.        Communicate and relate effectively with Races and cultures other than the students own.

    5.        Practice stewardship of the land, natural resources and the environment.

    6.        Use a variety of tools and technology to gather and use information, enhance learning, solve problems, and increase productivity.

     

    C.       Students will have opportunities to apply creativity and self-expression through visual and verbal images, music, literature, world languages, movement and the performing arts.

     

    D.       School practices and instruction will be directed toward developing within each student self knowledge and a sense of personal responsibility for:

    1.        Establishing and achieving personal and career goals.

    2.        Adapting to change.

    3.        Leading a healthy and fulfilling life.

    4.        Civic behavior and citizenship.

    5.        Becoming a self-directed learner.

                  

    E.       Students will be given the opportunity to acquire interpersonal skills necessary to:  

    1.        Interact respectfully and purposefully with consideration for diversity and interdependence.

    2.        Address human problems through team effort.

    3.        Resolve conflicts with and among others.

    4.        Function constructively within social units.

    5.        Promote a Race, culture, gender and ability-sensitive society.

     

    V.           ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND INSTRUCTIONAL CURRICULUM

     

    A.   The director of teaching and learning shall be responsible for the implementation of the district’s academic standards and instructional curriculum.

    B.   The district shall have defined academic standards and a comprehensive instructional curriculum for the following content areas:

    ·         Science

    ·         Reading and language arts

    ·         Social studies

    ·         Math

    ·         Physical education

    ·         Health\business education

    ·         Science/technology/engineering

    ·         Media literacy

    ·         World languages

    ·         Family and consumer sciences

    ·         Visual and performing arts

     

    C.   Each curricular content area will have a guide that includes:

    ·         Mission

    ·         Grade-appropriate standards

    ·         Curriculum materials

    ·         Assessment

    ·         Differentiation models

    ·         Media

     

    D.   Each curricular content area will be reviewed and revised on a cyclical basis as per Policy 612 (Curriculum Decision Making for Continuous Improvement).

     

    E.   The academic standards and instructional curriculum shall align with those established by the Minnesota Department of Education or by local adoption as provided in statute.

     

    F.    The elementary schools shall offer the following:

    ·         Visual and performing arts

    ·         Integrated language arts

    ·         Math

    ·         Physical education

    ·         Science/technology/engineering

    ·         Health

    ·         Social studies

                  

    G.   The middle school shall offer the following:

    ·         Visual and performing arts

    ·         Integrated language arts

    ·         Math

    ·         Music

    ·         Physical education

    ·         Science/technology/engineering

    ·         Health

    ·         Social studies

    ·         World language

    ·         Technology education

     

    H.  The high school will require the following semester credits for graduation:

    ·         8 credits of English

    ·         6 credits of mathematics  (This requirement includes Int Algebra, Geometry and Adv Algebra or higher)

    ·         6 credits of science  (Biology is a mandatory requirement, Students must take either Chemistry or Physics. The third requirement can be addressed with either Chemistry or Physics or other science courses available.)

    ·         8 credits of social studies  (This requirement includes Civics Seminar, Geography, World History, U.S. History and Economics/ Government.)

    ·         2 credits in the fine arts

    ·         2 credits of Physical Education

    ·         1 credit of Health

    ·         10 elective course credits

     

    I.   The school board shall review and affirm all academic standards and instructional curriculum revisions.

     

    J.  The district shall provide professional development opportunities to advance staff members’ knowledge, skills and abilities in effectively delivering the standards and curriculum through instruction.

     

    K   Both RMS and RHS will use the following grading system to determining a grade’s value:

     

    A+  =  4.333

    A    =  4.000

    A-    =  3.667

    B+  =  3.333

    B    =  3.000

    B-    =  2.667

    C+  =  2.333

    C    =  2.000

    C-    =  1.667

    D+  =  1.333

    D    =  1.000

    D-    =   0.667

    F    =   0.000

     

    L.         RMS does not do class rank nor calculate GPA.  It does assign grades.  RHS calculates GPA by Multiplying the value of the grade above by the following weighting system:

     

    AP, CIS and PSEO  =  1.2

    Honors                     =  1.1

    All other classes       =  1.0

     

    M.  RHS assigns class rank from highest to lowest according to accumulative GPA as defined in item “L.”

     

    Legal References:

     

    Minn. Stat 120B.02 (Educational Expectations for Minnesota Students)

    Minn. Stat 120B.024 (Graduation Requirements)

    Minn. Stat 120B.11 (School District Process)

    20 U.S. c. 6301, et seq. (No Child Left Behind Act)

     

    Cross References:

     

    Board Policy 101 (Strategic Plan)

    Board Policy 521 (Graduation Requirements)

    Board Policy 612 (Curriculum Decision Making for Continuous Improvement)

     

    ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: March 21, 2005

    AMENDED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: February 7, 2011, August 15, 2011, June 17, 2014