Curriculum Renewal
Action Plan
Orange School District
Candace Wallace
Director of Curriculum and Testing
An Action Plan for writing curriculum
– The Department of Instruction and Testing will
review and revise the written curricula for all
content areas over a five year period.
– The curricula will then be developed using a
district-wide standardized format which is
streamlined to address the components of a
Curriculum Guide.
Current Status: The Good
• 4 Curricula were revised in 2008-2009
• 6 Language Arts Curricula will be
revised in summer, 2009
• 4 Social Studies Curricula will be
revised in summer, 2009
• Mathematics Scope and Sequencing will
be written for Grades 1-5
Components of a Curriculum
Mission, Vision, and/or rationale
NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards
Course Description
Course of Study Outline
Bibliography and Resources
Pacing Blueprint
What is a Program Evaluation
• Curricula should be reviewed continuously in
a 5 year continuum
• A mechanism to critically review existing
curriculum in a systematic and collaborative
• A means of determining whether the existing
curriculum is meeting the needs of the
learner, the expectations of the community
and is true to the discipline (curriculum
How It Works:
• Five Year and Five Stage Process
One - Program Evaluation & Review
Two – Research & Development
Three - Initial Implementation,
Four - Full Implementation,
Five - Monitoring and Assessment
The Cycle
and Assessment
Three Key Features
Stage One
• Process of comparing the actual program to
the ideal program
– Research, comparisons, surveys, analysis of
student achievement
• Preparation of the Program Evaluation
– Overview, Description of Changes, Philosophy,
Comparison Data, Perception of Program,
Evidence of Effectiveness, Recommendations,
Timeline for Implementation of
Stage Two
• Curriculum Development
– Revisions
• Might take place in years three and four
• Summer Curriculum Writing
– New Course Development
• Two-year process
• Summer Curriculum Writing
– Textbook Adoption Recommendations
• Budgeting and Purchasing
Stage Three
• Initial Implementation
– Curriculum is put into practice
– Focus on Staff Development
– Purchase of new textbooks or other
resources to support the curriculum
– Feedback
Stage Four
• Full implementation
– Student achievement data is gathered and
analyzed as a function of the change
– Strengths and weaknesses of the
curriculum are determined
– Implementation of guiding principles, best
practices, and instructional strategies
Stage Five
• Assessment
Moving Forward – the Next 3 Years
• Now
– Social Studies – Grade 6
• By September 2009
– Social Studies – Grades 7, 8
– LA
– Math Pacing Guides, Teacher Handbooks for
Connections program grades 1-5
Moving Forward
• By June 2010
Science K-5,
Social Studies 9-12
Health/PE K-5
Technology – Grades K-5
• By June 2011
– Math 9-12
– Social Studies Technology – Grades 6-12
– Health/PE – Grades 6-12
• By June 2012
– Science 5-8, Science 9-12, Art K-12, Music K-12,