SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 65
March 26, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Sample Quality K-8 Curricula Aligned with the Standards of Learning in English, Science, and Mathematics|
By June 1, 1999, the Department of Education will distribute to school divisions a CD-ROM containing needed sample curricula as a resource designed to support the curriculum development/alignment process. We are aware that many of you have spent considerable time and resources on curriculum development and alignment since June 1995. In order to provide a variety of quality sample curricula to all divisions, we would like to offer you the opportunity to share one or more of your quality K-8 curricula in English, science, and/or mathematics with the Department to be included on the CD-ROM. To determine whether you should submit your curricula, please use the attached criteria to ensure that your curricula matches the sample prototypes that we plan to disseminate. Your contributions to this project will be greatly appreciated. These samples are intended to serve as a beginning point for local curricula development, and are not intended to be adopted without modification nor regarded as guaranteeing success on the Standards of Learning tests. We are announcing the future distribution of the sample curricula at this time so that you may have the option of planning local workshops to utilize this resource as you create or realign your own curricula for English, mathematics, and/or science. To the extent possible, the sample curricula will be in an electronic format which will allow local divisions to download, modify, and supplement the samples as a means of facilitating the development of local curricula aligned to the Standards. At a later date an additional CD-ROM will be distributed containing the history and social science Standards of Learning implementation resource documents, as referenced in Superintendents Memo #43. This CD will contain amplifications of the history standards, sample curricula, and the historical documents referenced in section 22.1-201 of the Code of Virginia. (The Declaration of American Independence, the general principles of the Constitution of the United States, the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, the charters of April 10, 1606, May 23, 1609, and March 12, 1612, of The Virginia Company, and the Virginia Declaration of Rights.) For additional information, please contact Dr. James Heywood, Director, Office of Elementary and Middle School Instructional Services, at (804) 225-2865. PDS/pl Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- ment will be sent to the superintendent's office. Criteria for Sample SOL Curriculum in English, Science and Mathematics The following criteria will be incorporated into a scoring rubric used to qualify locally developed sample curricula which "unpack" the Virginia Standards of Learning into objectives. From curricula submitted by local school divisions, the Virginia Department of Education will select several, which meet the criteria noted below, and produce a CD-ROM containing these samples for distribution to all school divisions in Virginia. The purpose of the CD-ROM is to serve as a resource for school divisions who are working on aligning curricula in these subject areas. Curricula submitted for consideration will be evaluated on the following: 1. The school division has a student pass rate of 70% or better, averaged at the division level, in at least two of the three grades; 3,5 or 8 in the disciplines of English, mathematics or science. A division may submit curricula in one or more of these disciplines. 2. The curriculum objectives are correlated to the SOL such that the standard is clearly identified. 3. The school division is willing to allow other Virginia school divisions to copy and modify the sample curriculum for use in their divisions. 4. The curriculum includes some sample instructional activities illustrating the objectives. 5. The SOLs are "unpacked" or further delineated as objectives. 6. Quality indicators include: a. The SOLs are unpacked into clear, measurable objectives that elaborate upon the standards and are not a simple restatement of the SOL. b. The objectives are explicit and provide greater detail than the SOL in terms of content and skill expectations. c. The objectives reflect multiple levels of Bloom's taxonomy. d. The objectives set an expectation for the achievement of skills as well as content knowledge. 7. Desirable or optional enhancements include: a. Provisions for differentiation. b. Examples of appropriate assessment items, tools or suggestions. c. Sample lessons or instructional strategies. d. Integration of instructional technology. e. Illustrations of interdisciplinary connections. f. Sample resources 8. The curriculum must be received by the Department by April 15 in order to be considered for inclusion on the CD-ROM.