Policy IGA: Curriculum Development and Program Evaluation

The School Committees will rely on the professional staff under thesupervision of the Superintendent to design and implement instructionalprograms and courses of study that will strive to achieve theeducational goals of the school system. The School Committees willencourage and support the professional staff in its efforts toinvestigate new curricular ideas, develop and improve programs, andevaluate results.

The Superintendent will direct curriculum development for the schoolsystem. Working with him/her will be members of the administrative andprofessional staff. District curricula must be consistent and sequentialacross grade levels and schools. Published district curriculum guideswill include: mission and goals, alignment with national and statestandards, alignment with the district’s Social Justice Commitment,benchmarks for student achievement, and the curriculum articulated bygrade level and/or course. Instructional materials will be selected incompliance with the above principles. The Superintendent will establishappropriate curriculum committees for the development, review,evaluation and revision of curriculum guides and instructional programs.

The Superintendent will have the authority to approve new or modifiedprograms and courses of study after they have been thoroughly studiedand found to support existing educational goals of the school system.The School Committee will consider, and formally adopt, new programs andcourses when they constitute an extensive alteration in instructionalcontent or approach, or when significant new resources are required.

The School Committee wishes to be informed of all new courses andsubstantive revisions in curriculum. They will receive reports onchanges under consideration. The acceptance of these reports, including alisting of the secondary program of studies, will constitute adoptionof the curriculum for official purposes.

The School Committees consider the comprehensive and objectiveevaluation of the effectiveness of curriculum to be of primaryimportance. Program evaluation reports will be provided to the SchoolCommittee for review.

LEGAL REF:

MGL 69:1E , 71:1 , 71:2 , 71:3 , 71:13603 CMR 26:05

Region Voted to Approve: 12/04/07
Amherst Voted to Approve: 12/11/07
Pelham Voted to Approve: 1/03/08
Effective Date: 1/03/08