Kent City Community Schools
Bylaws & Policies


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:

 A.the courses of study, subjects, classes, and organized activities provided by the school;

 B.the plan for learning necessary to accomplish the educational goals of the District.

The Board directs that the curriculum of this District:

 A.identifies the viable curriculum (most significant enduring understanding) which serves as target for student credentialing; the viable curriculum will be the primary focus of instruction, studentsí will be expected to "prove" they have mastered the viable curriculum, and interventions will be provided to ensure all students have the opportunity to successfully demonstrate mastery; (student credentialing is an alternative to the Carnegie unit, another method for determining student progress or earning course credit;

 B.provides instruction in courses required by statute and Michigan Department of Education regulations;

 C.provides instruction as outlined in the Michigan Curriculum Framework: Standards & Benchmarks, Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations, and/or High School Content Expectations;

 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; consistent with the Districtís philosophy and goals and ensure the possibility of their achievement;

 F.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;

 G.allows for the development of individual talents and interests as well as recognizes that learning styles of students may differ;

 H.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;

 I.encourages students to utilize guidance and counseling services in their academic and career planning.

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. S/He shall establish a process or procedure for curriculum development, and communicate it to all staff.

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 Districtís educational goals. The Superintendent shall report each such innovative program to the Board along with its objectives, evaluative criteria, and costs.

The Board encourages, where it is feasible and in the best interests of the District, participation in programs of educational research.

M.C.L.A. 380.1282

Revised 5/91
Revised 2/8/99
Revised 4/07