Policy 603 - Curriculum Development

The purpose of this policy is to provide direction for continuous review and improvement of the school curriculum.
Curriculum development shall be directed toward the fulfillment of the goals and objectives of the education program of the school district.
  1. The superintendent shall be responsible for curriculum development and for determining the most effective way of conducting research on the school district’s curriculum needs and establishing a long range curriculum development program. Timelines shall be determined by the superintendent that will provide for periodic reviews of each curriculum area.
  2. A district advisory committee shall provide assistance at the request of the superintendent. The advisory committee membership shall be a reflection of the community and, to the extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the district and its school sites, and shall include parent, teacher, support staff, student, community residents, and administration representation. , and shall provide translation to the extent appropriate and practicable. Whenever possible, parents and other community residents shall comprise at least two-thirds of advisory committee members.
  3. Within the ongoing process of curriculum development, the following needs shall be addressed:
    1. Provide for articulation of courses of study from kindergarten through grade twelve.
    2. Identify minimum objectives for each course and at each elementary grade level.
    3. Provide for continuing evaluation of programs for the purpose of attaining school district objectives.
    4. Provide a program for ongoing monitoring of student progress.
    5. Provide for specific, particular, and special needs of all members of the student community.
    6. Develop a local literacy plan to have every child reading at or above grade level no later than the end of grade 3, including English learners, and teachers providing comprehensive, scientifically based reading instruction consistent with law.
    7. Integrate required and elective course standards in the scope and sequence of the district curriculum.
    8. Meet all applicable requirements of the Minnesota Department of Education and the federal law.
  4. Students identified as not reading at grade level by the end of kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2 must be screened for characteristics of dyslexia. Students in grade 3 or higher who demonstrate a reading difficulty to a classroom teacher must be screened for characteristics of dyslexia, unless a different reason for the reading difficulty has been identified. See Minn. Stat § 120B.12. Subd. 2. 
  5. Students who do not meet or exceed Minnesota academic standards, as measured by the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments that are administered during high school, shall be informed that admission to a public school is free and available to any resident under 21 years of age who meets the requirements of Minn. Stat. § 120A.20, Subd. 1(c). A student’s plan under this section shall continue while the student is enrolled.
  6. The superintendent shall be responsible for keeping the school board informed of all state-mandated curriculum changes, as well as recommended discretionary changes, and periodically presenting recommended modifications for school board review and approval. 
  7. The superintendent shall have discretionary authority to develop guidelines and directives to implement school board policy relating to curriculum development.

Legal References:

  • Minn. Stat. § 120B.10 (Findings; Improving Instruction and Curriculum)
  • Minn. Stat. § 120B.11 (School District Process)
  • Minn. Stat. § 120B.12 (Reading Proficiently no Later than the End of Grade 3)
  • Minn. Rules Part 3500.0550 (Inclusive Educational Program)
  • Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0010-3501.0180 (Graduation Standards – Mathematics and Reading)
  • Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0200-3501.0290 (Graduation Standards – Written Composition)
  • Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0505-3501.0550 (Graduation Standards – Language Arts)
  • Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0700-3501.0745 (Graduation Standards – Mathematics)
  • Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0800-3501.0815 (Graduation Standards – Arts)
  • Minn. Rules Parts 3501.1000-3501.1190 (Graduation-Required Assessment for Diploma)
  • Minn. Rules Parts 3501.1200-3501.1210 (Academic Standards for English Language Development)
  • 20 U.S.C. § 6301, et seq. Every Student Succeeds Act

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Adopted: November 10, 2008
Revised: September 14, 2010
Revised: November 18, 2014
Revised: September 1, 2015
Reviewed: February 21, 2017
Revised: September 15, 2017
Revised: November 17, 2020