Curriculum Development and Evaluation



The Governing Board accepts responsibility for establishing what students should learn. The Board shall adopt a District curriculum that reflects District philosophy, responds to student needs and abilities, and is consistent with the requirements of law. Insofar as possible, this curriculum shall also reflect the desires of the community and the needs of society as a whole.

The Board considers curriculum improvement to be a top priority for the District. Curriculum development and evaluation will therefore be an ongoing process in the District, routinely supported by planned allocations of resources and staff time.

The Board may establish a curriculum review cycle for comparing each area of the curriculum against State model curriculum standards and Board policy.

The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures that ensure that the curriculum development and evaluation process includes input from teachers, administrators, students and parents/guardians from all grade levels, disciplines, schools, special programs and categories of students. The selection and evaluation of instructional materials shall be coordinated with the curriculum development and evaluation process.

The Superintendent or designee shall keep the Board informed about student interest and achievement in each area of the curriculum. The Superintendent or designee shall facilitate the Board's efforts to discuss its findings with District staff and students before adopting the District curriculum.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures for developing and maintaining a course naming and numbering system for each course offered at departmentalized schools. Each course will have an approved course of study.

Legal Reference:
Education Code
221.5 Equal opportunity without regard to sex
35160 Authority of governing boards
35160.1 Broad authority of school Districts
51050-51057 Enforcement of courses of study
51200-51263 Required courses of study, especially
51225.3 Requirements for high school graduation
51500-51551 Prohibited instruction
51720-51879.9 Authorized classes and courses of instruction
52000-52049 Improvement of elementary and secondary education
52060-52067 American Indian Early Childhood Education Program
52160-52178 Bilingual-Bicultural Act
52200-52212 Mentally gifted and talented pupil program
52300-52414 Vocational education
54000-54041 Programs for disadvantaged pupils
54100-54145 Miller-Unruh Act of 1965
56000-56865 Special education programs
Government Code
3543.2 Scope of representation
Code of Regulations, Title 5
4000-4091 School improvement programs
4304-4320 Bilingual education programs
4400-4426 Improvement of elementary and secondary education

First Reading: 10/13/04

Governing Board Adoption: 11/10/04

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