The purpose of this guide is to provide some general instructions to school districts as staff begin to develop or revise their curriculum guides. This document provides an overview of the curriculum development process and suggests a series of steps to follow in creating curriculum documents. Currently, the State Department of Education has comprehensive program development guides in Mathematics, Physical Education and World Languages located at the curriculum web site.
A curriculum guide is a structured document that delineates the philosophy, goals, objectives, learning experiences, instructional resources and assessments that comprise a specific educational program. Additionally, it represents an articulation of what students should know and be able to do and supports teachers in knowing how to achieve these goals.
Accordingly, an exemplary guide is a tool that assists in planning and implementing a high quality instructional program. It:
• establishes a clear philosophy and set of overarching goals that guide the entire program and the decisions that affect each aspect of the program;
• establishes sequences both within and between levels and assures a coherent and articulated progression from grade to grade;
• outlines a basic framework for what to do, how to do it, when to do it and how to know if it has been achieved;
• allows for flexibility and encourages experimentation and innovation within an overall structure;
• promotes interdisciplinary approaches and the integration of curricula when appropriate;
• suggests methods of assessing the achievement of the program's goals and objectives;
• provides a means for its own ongoing revision and improvement; and
• provides direction for procurement of human, material and fiscal resources to implement the program.
The formulation of such a school or district curriculum guide should not be viewed as the culmination of the curriculum development process, but