I.    PURPOSE

    The purpose of this policy is to provide direction for continuous review and improvement of the school curriculum.


    Curriculum development shall be directed toward the fulfillment of the goals and objectives of the education program of the school district.


    1. The Director of Teaching and Learning shall be responsible for curriculum development and for determining the most effective way of conducting research on the school district’s curriculum needs and establishing a long-range curriculum development program.  Timelines shall be determined by the superintendent that will provide for periodic reviews of each curriculum area.

    IV.    District Advisory Committee

    1. The school board shall establish an advisory committee shall provide assistance at the request of the Director of Teaching and Learning.  The to ensure active community participation in all phases of planning and improving the instruction and curriculum affecting state and district academic standards. 
    2. The district advisory committee membership shall be a reflection of the community and, to the extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the district and its school sites, and shall include teachers, parents, support staff, students, and other community residents, and administration representation, and shall provide translation to the extent appropriate and practicable. Whenever possible, parents and other community residents shall comprise at least two-thirds of advisory committee members.
    3. The district advisory committee shall pursue community support to accelerate the academic and native literacy and achievement of English learners with varied needs, from young children to adults, consistent with Minnesota Statutes section 124D.59, subdivisions 2 and 2a. 
    4. The district may establish site teams as subcommittees of the district advisory committee. 
    5. The district advisory committee shall recommend to the school board 
      1. rigorous academic standards, student achievement goals and measures consistent with Minnesota Statutes section 120B.11, subdivision 1a,  section 120B.022, subdivisions 1a and 1b, and section 120B.35, 
      2. district assessments, 
      3. means to improve students' equitable access to effective and more diverse teachers, and 
      4. program evaluations. 
    6. School sites may expand upon district evaluations of instruction, curriculum, assessments, or programs.

    V.    School Site Team

    Each school must establish a site team to develop and implement strategies and education effectiveness practices to improve instruction, curriculum, cultural competencies, including cultural awareness and cross-cultural communication, and student achievement at the school site. The site team must include an equal number of teachers and administrators and at least one parent. The site team advises the board and the advisory committee about developing the annual budget and creates an instruction and curriculum improvement plan to align curriculum, assessment of student progress, and growth in meeting state and district academic standards and instruction.

    VI.    Curriculum Development Process

    1. Within the ongoing process of curriculum development, the following needs shall be addressed:
      1. Provide for articulation of courses of study from kindergarten through grade twelve.
      2. Identify minimum objectives for each course and at each elementary grade level.
      3. Provide for continuing evaluation of programs for the purpose of attaining school district objectives.
      4. Provide a program for ongoing monitoring of student progress.
      5. Provide for specific, particular, and special needs of all members of the student community.
      6. Develop a local literacy plan to have every child reading at or above grade level no later than the end of grade 3, including English learners, and teachers providing comprehensive, scientifically based reading instruction consistent with law.
      7. Integrate required and elective course standards in the scope and sequence of the district curriculum.
      8. Meet all applicable requirements of the Minnesota Department of Education and federal law.
    2. Students identified as not reading at grade level by the end of kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2 must be screened for characteristics of dyslexia.  Students in grade 3 or higher who demonstrate a reading difficulty to a classroom teacher must be screened for characteristics of dyslexia, unless a different reason for the reading difficulty has been identified.  See Minnesota Statutes section 120B.12, Subd. 2.
    3. Students who do not meet or exceed Minnesota academic standards, as measured by the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments that are administered during high school, shall be informed that admission to a public school is free and available to any resident under 21 years of age or who meets the requirements of Minnesota Statutes section 120A.20, Subd. 1(c).  A student’s plan under this section shall continue while the student is enrolled.
    4. The superintendent shall be responsible for keeping the school board informed of all state-mandated curriculum changes, as well as recommended discretionary changes, and for periodically presenting recommended modifications for school board review and approval.
    5. The superintendent shall have discretionary authority to develop guidelines and directives to implement school board policy relating to curriculum development.

    Source: Cambridge-Isanti Schools    

    Legal References:

    • Minn. Stat. § 120B.10 (Findings; Improving Instruction and Curriculum)
    • Minn. Stat. § 120B.11 (School District Process)
    • Minn. Stat. § 120B.12 (Reading Proficiently No Later than the End of Grade 3)
    • Minn. Stat. § 120B.125(f) (Planning for Students’ Successful Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment)
    • Minn. Rules Part 3500.0550 (Inclusive Educational Program)
    • Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0640-3501.0655 (Academic Standards for Language Arts)
    • Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0700-3501.0745 (Academic Standards for Mathematics)
    • Minn. Rules Part 3501.0820 (Academic Standards for the Arts)
    • Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0900-3501.0955 (Academic Standards in Science)
    • Minn. Rules Parts 3501.1200-3501.1210 (Academic Standards for English Language Development)
    • Minn. Rules Parts 3501.1300-3501.1345 (Academic Standards for Social Studies)
    • Minn. Rules Parts 3501.1400-3501.1410 (Academic Standards for Physical Education)
    • 20 U.S.C. § 6301, et seq. (Every Student Succeeds Act)

    Cross References:

    • Policy 604 (Instructional Curriculum)
    • Policy 605 (Alternative Programs)
    • Policy 613 (Graduation Requirements)
    • Policy 614 (School District Testing Plan and Procedure)
    • Policy 615 (Testing Accommodations, Modifications, and Exemptions for IEPs, Section 504 Plans, and LEP Students)
    • Policy 616 (School District System Accountability)
    • Policy 618 (Assessment of Student Achievement)
    • Policy 619 (Staff Development for Standards)
    • Policy 620 (Credit for Learning)
    • Policy 623 (Mandatory Summer School Instruction)

    Reviewed: 10-18-01, 1-20-05, 7-22-10, 06-23-16, 03-25-21, 02-27-23

    Approved: 11-15-01, 1-20-05, 7-22-10, 07-21-16, 04-22-21, 03-23-23

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