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602.01 Curriculum Development, Implementation, and Evaluation

The Superintendent/designee will establish the necessary administrative structures and procedures for the purpose of conducting continuous and long-range planning in curriculum development, implementation and evaluation and the improvement of instruction.

A comprehensive system of curriculum development, implementation and evaluation serves several purposes:

  • focuses attention on the content standards of each discipline to ensure the identified curriculum is rigorous and relevant
  • increases the probability students will achieve the desired knowledge and skills
  • facilitates communication among teachers
  • improves classroom instruction

The processes and procedures used in curriculum development are shared with staff at the beginning of a curricular review. These processes include:

  • review of standards and benchmarks
  • study of current educational research
  • review/establishment of course objectives and student achievement data
  • investigation and selection of materials
  • development of curriculum guides, common assessments, common vocabulary and common maps.

Following the development of the curriculum, assistance is provided to staff in order to assure the curriculum is implemented appropriately at the classroom level. Mechanisms for delivering this assistance include:

  • study groups
  • District staff professional learning courses
  • grade level/department meetings
  • professional learning communities
  • building level professional learning
  • job-embedded coaching
  • peer review/observations
  • classroom observations by administrators

Evaluation of the effectiveness of the curriculum is necessary to ensure that the curriculum has the desired effect on student achievement. Assessment information is gathered in a variety of ways including:

  • student Progress Reports
  • District common assessments
  • standardized test results disaggregated by race, gender, free and reduced lunch eligibility, special education   eligibility and English Language Learner eligibility
  • informal classroom assessments
  • student, teacher and parent feedback
  • surveys
  • college admissions and post secondary options for students
  • graduation rate

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent/designee to keep the Board of Education apprised of curriculum implementation activities, and to develop administrative regulations for curriculum implementation including recommendations to the Board.

Legal Reference:
20 U.S.C. § 1232h (2004)
34 C.F.R. Pt. 98 (2004)
Iowa Code §§ 216.9; 256.7, 279.8 (2007)
281 I.A.C. 12.5., .8

Cross Reference:
101 Educational Philosophy of the School District
103 Long-Range Needs Assessment
602 Curriculum Development
603 Instructional Curriculum
605 Instructional Materials

Program of Studies

  • Each Middle School and High School will offer the same standard courses as determined by the curriculum review process and approval from the Board of Education.
  • Adding new courses, piloting courses, revising or dropping existing courses will be completed according to the Program of Studies Process.
  • Teachers and administrators, in a collaborative process, shall be involved in the decision to develop and propose a new course or drop a course.
  • Concurrent enrollment courses are exempt from this process but require approval from the Director of Secondary Curriculum and Services.

For courses that are developed outside the curriculum review process, approval must be sought and granted through the Program of Studies Process.  The action steps are as follows:

  • The Director of Secondary Education sets the date for the Program of Studies annually. The date for the Program of Studies is communicated in a timely manner so that anyone wanting to develop a proposal has sufficient time to prepare and submit the needed documents.
  • The subject area PLC team consults with the building principal and Director of Secondary Education to discuss potential proposal(s).
  • The PLC consults with the horizontal PLC in the district to ensure agreement.
  • The proposed addition/deletion is reviewed vertically by teachers/departments in the grades above and below. (For instance a proposal from the 6/7 building will be reviewed by 5th grade teachers and 8/9 teachers)
  • PLC team completes the proposal form and submits to building principal.
  • The principal reviews, signs form, and submits to the Director secondary Education
  • Director Secondary Curriculum and Services convenes Program of Studies Committee.
  • The building principal or designee presents proposals from his/her school.
  • The Program of Study Committee approves or disapproves each proposal.
  • Curriculum changes are submitted to the Ankeny Board of Education.

Approved:
June 5, 2000

Reviewed:
February 11, 2009
December 19, 2011
June 16, 2014
October 1, 2018

Revised:
March 23, 2009
December 19, 2011
June 16, 2014
October 1, 2018