Vista USD | BP 6000 Instruction
Concepts And Roles
The Board of Trustees desires to provide a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that motivates every student to succeed. The district's educational program shall provide students with opportunities to attain the skills, knowledge, and abilities they need to be successful in school and develop to their full potential.
Strategies for improving the educational program shall take into consideration the needs of individual students and subpopulations of students. Students who are failing or at risk of failing to meet academic standards shall be provided with alternative programs and/or supplemental assistance designed to raise achievement.
Inasmuch as parents/guardians are critical partners in their children's education, parents/guardians shall be provided with opportunities to be meaningfully involved both in support of their children's education program at school and with learning at home.
The Board shall:
1. Establish standards of student achievement for core subjects at each grade level that are aligned with the district's vision for student learning, the specific needs and strengths of the students, the expectations of parents/guardians and the community, and available resources.
2. Establish graduation requirements.
3. Ensure that a process is in place, involving teachers, administrators, students, and parents/guardians, for the development and review of the district's curriculum.
4. Adopt the district curriculum and courses of study to be offered.
5. Adopt textbooks and other instructional materials.
6. Support the professional staff's implementation of the curriculum by providing consistent policy direction, allocating resources based on educational program priorities, ensuring that collective bargaining agreements do not constrain the district's ability to achieve curricular goals, recognizing staff accomplishments, and including reasonable annual goals related to student learning in the Superintendent evaluation process.
7. Provide Support a continuing program of professional development to keep instructional staff, administrators, and Board members updated about current issues and research pertaining to curriculum, instructional strategies, and student assessment.
8. Review and evaluate the educational program on the basis of state and federal accountability measures, disaggregated student achievement data, and other indicators and ensure that evaluation results are used to improve programs, curriculum, and/or instructional practices as necessary to enhance student achievement.
9. Communicate clear information about district instructional goals, programs, and progress in student achievement to the community and media.
The Superintendent or designee shall:
1. Review research related to curriculum issues.
2. Select and/or develop curricula for recommendation to the Board in accordance with the district's curriculum development and review process.
3. Ensure the articulation of the curriculum between grade levels and with postsecondary education and the workplace.
4. Determine the general methods of instruction to be used.
5. Assign instructors and schedule classes for all curricular offerings.
6. Recommend instructional materials to the Board and direct the purchase of approved materials and equipment.
7. Evaluate and report to the Board on student achievement as demonstrated through testing and other types of appraisal, and recommend necessary changes in curriculum, programs, and instruction as indicated by student performance data.
Comparability in Instruction
The district shall provide comparable educational opportunities for all students. Instruction in the core curriculum shall be in no way diminished when students receive supplementary services funded by special governmental programs. Services funded by any categorical program shall supplement, not supplant, the district-provided core curriculum and any services which may be provided by other categorical programs.
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
3940 Maintenance of effort
4424 Comparability of services
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
6321 Fiscal requirements/comparability of services
Maximizing School Board Leadership: Curriculum, 1996
California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov
Policy VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: April 21, 2011 Vista, California