The school board has responsibility and authority for the district’s curriculum and reviews and ultimately approves the curriculum and associated instructional materials. Once approved by the board curriculum will be posted on the school’s website. Annually the board will consider updates to between two and four curriculum areas. The process of updating an area of the curriculum is an elaborate one taken on by a group of teachers who organize as a curriculum committee and meet after school hours. A curriculum committee’s goal is to comprehensively update and improve a specific education program (curriculum area usually spanning kindergarten through eighth grade). This process may include, but is not limited to:
- incorporating new, proven trends in education
- ensuring continuity between grade levels
- addressing new legal requirements
- integrating new technology
- assuring alignment of local curriculum with the State adopted Common Core
Once a curriculum committee has drafted a curriculum update the draft is presented for comprehensive review to a separate group of teachers and community members. When that group’s feedback has been considered and incorporated the curriculum committee presents the updated curriculum proposal to the school board.
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