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The Board of Education recognizes that curriculum development provides one of the most effective means of improving the quality of instructional programs. In addition, the curriculum development process provides opportunity for adjusting the curriculum to meet the needs of the students and the expectations of the community. The superintendent will initiate curriculum development through established procedures, which require the various administrative and professional staff participation at building and district levels and parents/guardians, members of the community and student involvement. The Board will review and approve each curriculum guide developed by the district.

The district will provide resources and administrative support for curriculum development, evaluation and revision. A systematic plan will be established whereby each curricular area will be reviewed on a regular cycle, based on actual student needs and indications of student mastery. The basic responsibility for this review process will rest with the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and other personnel who are well qualified in the designated area of study. The individuals will constitute a curriculum review committee for that designated curricular area.

The curriculum review committees will study, revise and/or develop curriculum and guides for their specific area of study. During the review process the committee will solicit community and student opinion relative to the content area. The committee should develop a curriculum that meets the following guidelines:


        Articulates the curricular content on a districtwide basis, K-12.


        Is written in specific terms which are easily understood and used by the respective professional staff members.


        Uses effective instructional strategies for presenting materials to the students.


        Uses instructional materials that are effectively coordinated with the curriculum guides.


        Makes use of current supplementary and enrichment materials.

The selection and adoption of instructional materials are primarily based on the programs described in the curriculum guides developed by the individual curriculum review committees.

Employee Input

It shall be the policy of the Board to encourage meaningful employee participation in the curriculum, instruction and professional development decision making for the school district. The superintendent is authorized to establish such committees as necessary to recommend curricular policies for the proper functioning of the district.

All professional personnel shall be encouraged to assist in the formulation of recommended educational policies for the district through their committee representative(s). Generally, those persons on the committee will be those employees who will be most directly affected by the proposed revision.

Committees Established

When curriculum committees are contemplated, the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction or his/her designee shall distribute to the certificated employees an outline of district curriculum and instructional committees to be established during that school year. Information such as the number of persons required, the amount of remuneration, qualities of committee members being sought and the purpose and expected outcome of the committee should be included.

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Note:  The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.


Adopted:       10/14/1993


Revised:        09/10/1998; 10/14/2004


Cross Refs:    AD, School District Mission

GBB, Staff Involvement in Decision Making

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