|Cedar Springs Public School District|
|Bylaws & Policies|
2210 - CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility for the quality of the educational program of the schools. To this end, the curriculum shall be developed, evaluated, and adopted on a continuing basis and in accordance with a plan for curriculum growth established by the Superintendent.
For purposes of this policy and consistent communication throughout the District, curriculum shall be defined as the courses of study, subjects, classes, and organized activities provided by the school.
The Board directs that the curriculum of this District:
|A.||provides instruction in courses required by statute and State Department of Education regulations;|
|B.||ensures, to the extent feasible, that special learning needs of students are provided for in the context of the regular program or classroom and provides for effective coordination with programs or agencies that are needed to meet those needs that cannot be dealt with in the regular program or classroom;|
|C.||be consistent with the District's philosophy and goals and ensure the possibility of their achievement;|
|D.||incorporate State-recommended performance standards for students as the basis for determining how well each student is achieving the academic outcomes for each area of the District's core curriculum;|
|E.||at the high school level, consider alternatives to the Carnegie Unit as a method for determining student progress toward receiving course credit;|
|F.||allows for the development of individual talents and interests as well as recognizes that learning styles of students may differ;|
|G.||provides a strategy for continuous and cumulative learning through effective articulation at all levels, particularly of those skills identified as essential and life-role skills;|
|H.||utilizes a variety of learning resources to accomplish the educational goals;|
|I.||encourages students to utilize guidance and counseling services in their academic and career planning;|
|J.||provides for multi-cultural education by including, at each level, courses or units which help students understand the culture and contributions of various ethnic groups comprising American society, including, but not limited to Euro-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Native-Americans.|
As educational leader of the District, the Superintendent shall be responsible to the Board for the development and evaluation of curriculum and the preparation of courses of study.
The Superintendent shall make progress reports to the Board periodically.
The Superintendent may conduct such innovative programs as are deemed to be necessary to the continuing growth of the instructional program and to better ensure accomplishment of the District's educational goals.
The Superintendent shall report each such innovative program to the Board along with its objectives, evaluative criteria, and costs before it is initiated.