Longhorn Curriculum Corner
Establishing a Curriculum Evaluation and Revision Cycle (CERC)
In today's ever-changing world, it's best practice to review the district curriculum in an ongoing, systematic fashion to assess for alignment with district goals and determine possible revisions. This allows our curriculum to maintain our tradition of academic excellence while providing flexibly in order to respond to changes in standards, mandated content, and our students' collective needs. Take a look at the visual outline below to get a sense of the process!
Where Are We In the Process?
We've also formed curriculum committees at both buildings to drive these evaluation and revision processes. These committees are in the process of analyzing the survey data and our current curriculum to prioritize areas of concern.
Curriculum vs. Programs
- What we want our students to learn/be able to do
- The essential knowledge and skills our students should acquire in their time with us
- The destination of achievement for our students
- Specific materials and resources to teach students skills and knowledge
- Can be textbooks, online programs, etc.
- The "vehicles" we use to travel to the destination (curriculum)
As we review our curriculum, we may determine that elements of the programs we currently use do/do not sufficiently meet our curriculum goals. Those that do will be sustained and built upon while those that do not may be subject to replacement via methodical piloting of new offerings.
Curriculum Warehouse & Program Resources
Simultaneously, we are gathering a rich collection of samples from some of the highest-performing academic programs in use throughout our region. This will allow us to more quickly conduct pilots of new materials following curriculum revisions if we determine new and/or supplemental materials are needed.