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Tamalpais Union HSD |  BP  6141  Instruction

Curriculum Development And Evaluation   

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The Board of Trustees has the responsibility for establishing what students should learn, within the broad requirements established by the state of California in the Education Code. The Board shall provide a comprehensive instructional program to serve the educational needs of the district's students. The Board shall adopt a district curriculum which reflects the district's mission, philosophy and beliefs; responds to student needs and abilities; and is consistent with the requirements of law. Insofar as possible, this curriculum shall also reflect the desires of the community and the needs of society as a whole.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

The Board encourages development of interdisciplinary and cross curricular courses and programs as strategies to increase flexibility in meeting graduation requirements. The intent of such courses/programs is to expand and enrich student options and pathways. The Board also encourages curricula and programs that provide opportunities for collaboration among departments and teachers and create more authentic experiences for students, each as project- or problem-based instructional design.

Curriculum development and improvement is of primary importance and as such will be part of an ongoing process in the district, routinely supported by planned allocations of resources, staff time, and professional development.

The Superintendent or designee shall have general coordinating authority over the design and development of curriculum. The Superintendent or designee shall develop a process for curriculum review, development, and evaluation.

Curriculum development and design shall be consistent with the philosophy, goals and objectives of the district. Procedures shall ensure that the curriculum development and evaluation process includes input from teachers, administrators, students and parents/guardians for all grade levels, disciplines, schools, special programs and categories of students, as appropriate.

The curriculum review and development process shall ensure that all district curriculum is compared to state content standards at least every five years. Career and technical courses shall be compared to state model curriculum standards every three years (ED CODE 52376).

The selection and evaluation of the instructional materials shall be coordinated with the process for curriculum development.

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

The Superintendent or designee shall keep the Board informed regarding current district curriculum efforts and student achievement. The Superintendent or designee shall provide all necessary assistance to the Board in reviewing reports, information and data on each curriculum area for evaluation and adoption by the Board.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

221.5 Equal opportunity without regard to sex

35160 Authority of governing boards

35160.1 Broad authority of school districts

51050-51057 Enforcement of courses of study

51200-51263 Required courses of study, especially

51225.3 Requirements for high school graduation

51500-51540 Prohibited instruction

51720-51879.9 Authorized classes and courses of instruction

52160-52178 Bilingual-Bicultural Act

52200-52212 Mentally gifted and talented pupil program

52300-52414 Vocational education

54000-54028 Programs for disadvantaged pupils

54100-54145 Miller-Unruh Act of 1965

56000-56865 Special education programs

GOVERNMENT CODE

3543.2 Scope of representation

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

4000-4091 School improvement programs

4304-4320 Bilingual education programs

4400-4426 Improvement of elementary and secondary education

Management Resources:

CDE PROGRAM ADVISORIES

123.87 Curriculum Review, Improvement and Implementation, CIL:87/8-9

Policy TAMALPAIS UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: February 9, 1993 Larkspur, California

revised: May 10, 1994

revised: May 22, 2005