CURRICULUM DECISION MAKING
The purpose of this policy is to provide direction for continuous review and improvement of the school curriculum and education programming.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
Curriculum development shall be directed toward the fulfillment of the goals and objectives of the district’s education program. Curriculum and educational program improvement can be done through modification, new course or program offerings, updated alignment of content with academic standards or program reduction and elimination.
A. The superintendent shall be responsible for curriculum development; for determining the most effective way of conducting research on the school district’s curriculum needs; and for establishing a long range curriculum development program.
B. Board affirmed academic standards, and related curriculum, instruction and assessments shall provide direction for teaching, learning and assessment
C. The District Curriculum Advisory Committee shall assist in the process to review curriculum, instruction and assessment, report to the public, and develop plans for improvement in the district.
D. The program improvement process will be utilized to ensure the following needs are addressed:
1. Provide for continuing evaluation of programs for the purpose of attaining school district objectives.
2. Provide for articulation of courses of study from kindergarten through grade twelve.
3. Identify key concepts, processes and content (high academic standards) for each subject and grade level.
4. Identify minimum learning objectives (foundations) for each course and at each grade level.
5. Identify both formative and summative assessment/evaluation for each course and grade level.
6. Provide a program for regular, systematic monitoring of student progress.
7. Provide for specific, particular and special needs of all members of the student community.
8. Integrate required and elective course standards in the scope and sequence of the district curriculum.
9. Meet all requirements of Minnesota State Rule and Law.
E. The Director of Teaching and Learning shall be responsible for curriculum and program review and development. The director shall keep the school board informed of all state-mandated curriculum changes, recommend discretionary changes, and periodically present recommended modifications for school board review and affirmation.
F. District academic program modifications, additions or reductions shall be affirmed by the school board. Pilots, special projects and minor adjustments will be reviewed by the District Curriculum Advisory Committee and may be done with approval from the Superintendent.
G. The review and development process will be completed through a multi-year Continuous Improvement Cycle as described in Appendices A, B, and C and addresses the following:
1. Articulation of achievement expectations and content from kindergarten through grade 12.
2. Consideration for specific, particular and special needs of all members of the student community including, diversity of Race, culture, language, ability and gender.
3. Identification of learning outcomes and academic standards for each course and grade level.
4. Describe appropriate student work and course rigor to meet objectives.
5. Provide for continuous monitoring and evaluation of programs for the purpose of meeting school district objectives and State of Minnesota and Federal requirements.
H. Minor program adjustments, pilots and special projects shall:
1. Demonstrate need, purpose and intended value
2. Identify objectives or learner outcomes of the project or pilot and an action plan, which includes a plan to communicate changes with students, parents and colleagues as appropriate.
3. Identify funding sources.
4. Summarize analysis of data related to need, intended outcomes and impact on the following:
f. District Curriculum
g. District Programs
I. Program and curriculum reductions shall address the following:
1. Rationale for reduction or elimination of an articulated course.
2. Required standards addressed in the course and other opportunities for students to complete the necessary standards for graduation.
3. A transition process for course elimination.
Legal References: Minn. Stat. 120B.10 (Improving Instruction and Curriculum)
Minn. Stat. 120B.11 (School District Process)
Minn. Rule 3500.0550 (Inclusive Educational Program)
Minn. Rule Parts 3501.0010 – 3501.0180 (Graduation Standards Reading and Mathematics)
Minn. Rule Parts 3501.0200 – 3501.0290 (Graduation Standards Written Composition)
Minn. Rule Parts 3501.0505-0550 (Graduation Standards for Language Arts)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0700-3501.0745 (Graduation Standards for mathematics)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0800-3501.0815 (Graduation Standards – Arts)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.1000-3501.1190 (Graduation Required Assessment for Diploma)
20 U.S.C. 6301.et seq. (No Child Left Behind Act)
Cross References: Board Policy 601 (Curriculum and Instruction Goals)
Board Policy 610 (Selection and Reevaluation of Instructional Resources)
Board Policy 611 (Provision for Alternative Instruction)
ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: November 2, 1998
AMENDED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: March 21, 2005
AMENDED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: February 7, 2011