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Mountain View-Los Altos Union HSD |  BP  6011  Instruction

Academic Standards   

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The Board recognizes that districtwide standards are necessary to clarify for students, parents/guardians and staff what students are expected to know and be able to do in each area of study. The Board shall adopt high standards in student achievement that challenge all students to reach their full potential and ensure consistency of expectations among the district's schools and classrooms.

District standards shall be developed through a process that involves staff, students, parents/guardians and community members. Standards shall be based on an assessment of the skills that students will need in order to be successful in higher education and the workplace, including basic skills, problem-solving abilities and conceptual thinking. Special care shall be taken to ensure the proper articulation of standards among district schools and with other schools which district students may attend.

(cf. 6010 - Goals and Objectives)

District standards shall guide Board and staff decisions regarding the curriculum to be adopted, the sequential courses of study to be offered, and the assessments to be given. Staff shall continually assess students' progress toward meeting the standards and shall offer remedial assistance as needed. The standards shall also provide a basis for evaluating the instructional program and, as required by law, for evaluating teacher performance.

(cf. 4115 - Evaluation/Supervision)

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 5123 - Promotion/Acceleration/Retention)

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements/Standards of Proficiency)

(cf. 6146.5 - Elementary School Promotion/Standards of Proficiency)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)

While desiring district standards to be specific and comprehensive, the Board does not intend that these standards be so extensive as to describe everything that will be taught in the classroom. Staff shall have sufficient time and flexibility to provide instruction that supplements the standards. Staff shall also have flexibility to determine the best instructional methods to use in preparing students to meet the standards.

The Superintendent shall ensure that district standards are regularly reviewed and updated as necessary in order to reflect changes in skills that will be needed by students and to ensure continuing support for the standards.

Legal Reference:


44662 Evaluation of certificated employees

51003 Statewide academic standards

51215 Adoption of standards of proficiency in basic skills

60605 Adoption of statewide academically rigorous content and performance standards


adopted: November 25, 1996 Mountain View, California