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Last Updated Date: 01/31/2023

Adoption Date: 06/22/2021

Revision History: 4/26/22 (reviewed), 1/31/23 (updated), 3/28/23 (reviewed), 3/27/24 (reviewed)

A systematic approach to curriculum development (careful research, design, and articulation of the curriculum) serves several purposes:

  • Focuses attention on the content standards of each discipline and ensure the identified learnings are rigorous, challenging, and represent the most important learning for our students.
  • Increases the probability that students will acquire the desired knowledge, skills and dispositions and that our schools will be successful in providing appropriate learning experiences.
  • Facilitates communication and coordination.
  • Improves classroom instruction.

The superintendent or designee is responsible for the curriculum development process and for determining the most effective method of conducting research and design activities. A curriculum framework will describe the processes and procedures that will be followed in researching, designing, and articulating each curriculum area. This framework will, at a minimum, describe the processes and procedures for the following curriculum development activities to:

  • Study the latest thinking, trends research and expert advice regarding the content/discipline;
  • Study the current status of the content/discipline (what and how well students are currently learning);
  • Identify content standards, benchmarks, and grade level expectations for the content/discipline;
  • Describe the desired learning behaviors, teaching and learning environment related to the content/discipline;
  • Identify differences in the desired and present program and develop a plan for addressing the differences;
  • Communicate with internal and external public regarding the content area;
  • Involve staff, parents, students, and community members in curriculum development decisions;
  • Verify how the standards and benchmarks of the content/discipline support each of the broader student learning goals and provide a K-12 continuum that builds on the prior learning of each level;
  • Ensure proposed curriculum complies with applicable laws;
  • Align annual improvement goals with needs assessment information.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent or designee to keep the board apprised of necessary curriculum revisions, progress or each content area related to curriculum development activities, and to develop administrative regulations for curriculum development including recommendations to the board.


Policy References:

Legal Reference:

20 U.S.C. § 1232h.
34 C.F.R. Pt. 98.
Iowa Code §§ 216.9; 256.7, 279.8; .74; 280.3.
281 I.A.C. 12.5, .8.

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