Curriculum Design Service

Standards = what needs to be learned

Curriculum = a layout of the content, concepts, and skills students will learn to enable them

to meet the standards

The New York State Education Department is responsible for setting standards for what all students should know and be able to do as a result of skilled instruction. It is the responsibility of local school districts to develop curriculum based on these established standards.

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Why Curriculum Map?

Student learning is best supported when goals are well defined. The greatest benefit to curriculum mapping is its ability to improve the links between curriculum, assessment, and instruction in schools. Curriculum mapping supports teachers’ efforts to track how many of the required standards, content and skills have been addressed and what remains to be covered. By having this in place up front, the teacher can spend more time focusing on instruction to best meet the needs of their unique learners.

Mapping is a verb, therefore the process must remain active and fluid. There are multiple entry points into this work. Below are some ways that Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Staff Developers can support districts with Curriculum Design.

Building the Foundation

This might include:

  • Unpack State Learning Standards
  • Identify Priority and Supporting Standards
  • Determine the Units of Study and Assign Standards
  • Create a Pacing Calendar

Unit Design

This might include:

  • Operationalize the Priority Standards - what do students need to know and be able to do
  • Big Ideas
  • Essential Questions
  • Key Vocabulary
  • Concept/Skills
  • Gathering Resources


This might include:

  • Pre-Assessments
  • Common Assessments
  • Summative Assessments
  • Test Maps

Review Process

Curriculum maps should be reviewed and updated on a regular basis:

  • Analyzing Data - What is being taught? What are students learning?
  • Horizontal and Vertical Alignment
  • Ensuring there are no Gaps or Duplications

Based on the review, members must decide what to Keep, Cut or Create.

Contact Us

If your district is interested in learning more about this work, please contact:

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