School Board Policy 601 -
School District Curriculum and Instructional Goals


Adopted: may 26, 1998  REVISED: june 11, 2001 revised: october 11, 2010
revised: june 13, 2016 

I. Purpose and General Statement of Policy

The purpose of this policy is to establish broad curriculum parameters for the school district that encompass the Minnesota Graduation Standards and the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in alignment with creating the world’s best workforce, in which all learning in the school district should be directed and for which all school district learners should be held accountable.

II. Definitions

A. “Academic standard” means a summary description of student learning in a required content area or elective content area.

B. “Benchmark” means specific knowledge or skill(s) that a student must master to complete part or all of an academic standard by the end of the grade level or grade band.

C. “Curriculum” means district or school adopted programs and written plans for providing students with learning experiences that lead to the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in college and career.

D. “Instruction” means methods of providing learning experiences that enable students to meet state and district academic standards and graduation requirements.

E. “Performance measures” are measures to determine school district, school site, and student progress in striving to create the world’s best workforce and must include at least the following:

1. Student performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress where applicable;

2. The size of the academic achievement gap and the percentage of students taking rigorous and, including college-level advanced placement, international baccalaureate, postsecondary enrollment options including concurrent enrollment, other statutorily recognized courses of study or industry certification courses or programs and enrichment experiences by student subgroup;

3. Student performance on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments;

4. High school graduation rates; and

5. Career and college readiness under Minn. Stat. § 120B.30, Subd. 1.

F. “World’s best workforce” means striving to: meet school readiness goals; have all third- grade students achieve grade-level literacy; close the academic achievement gap among all racial and ethnic groups of students and between students living in poverty and students not living in poverty; have all students attain career and college readiness before graduating from high school; and have all students graduate from high school.

G. “Experiential learning” means learning for students that includes career exploration through a specific class or course or through work-based experiences such as job shadowing, mentoring, entrepreneurship, service learning, volunteering, internships, other cooperative work experience, youth apprenticeship, or employment.

III. Long-Term Strategic Plan

A. The school board, at a public meeting, shall adopt a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan to support and improve teaching and learning that is aligned with creating the world’s best workforce and includes the following:

1. Clearly defined school district and school site goals and benchmarks for instruction and student achievement for all nine student categories identified under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and student gender categories of male and female;

2. Process for assessing and evaluating each student’s progress toward meeting state and local academic standards for identifying the strengths and weaknesses of instruction in pursuit of student and school success, for identifying curriculum affecting students’ progress and growth toward career and college readiness in alignment with the world’s best workforce;

3. A process to periodically review and evaluate the effectiveness of all instruction and curriculum, taking into account strategies and best practices, student outcomes, principal evaluations under Minn. Stat. § 123B.147, Subd. 3, and teacher evaluations under Minn. Stat. § 122A.40, Subd. 8, or 122A.41, Subd. 5;

4. Strategies for improving instruction, curriculum, and student achievement, the academic achievement of English Learners, and where practicable, the native language development;

5. Education effectiveness practices that integrate high-quality instruction, rigorous curriculum, technology, and a collaborative professional culture that develops and supports teacher quality, performance, and effectiveness; and;

6. An annual budget for continuing to implement the school district plan.

B. School district site and school site goals shall include strategies that will demonstrate progress towards the broad goals of “world’s best workforce” legislation.

Legal References: 
Minn. Stat. § 120B.018 (Definitions)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.02 (Educational Expectations for Minnesota Students)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.011 (School District Process for Reviewing Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Achievement; Striving for the World’s Best Workforce)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.30, Subd. 1 (Statewide Testing and Reporting System)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.35, Subd. 3 (Student Academic Achievement and Growth)
Minn. Stat. § 122A.40, Subd. 8 (Employment; Contracts; Termination)
Minn. Stat. § 122A.41, Subd. 5 (Teacher Tenure Act; Cities of the First Class; Definitions)
Minn. Stat. § 123B.147, Subd. 3 (Principals)
20 U.S.C. § 5801, et seq. (National Education Goals 2000)
20 U.S.C. § 6301, et seq. (Every Student Succeeds Act – ESSA, formerly No Child Left Behind Act)

Cross References: 
WBLASB Policy 104 (School District Mission Statement)
WBLASB Policy 613 (Graduation Requirements)
WBLASB Policy 614 (School District Testing Plan and Procedure)
WBLASB Policy 615 (Testing, Accommodations, Modifications, and Exemptions for IEP, Section 504 Plan and LEP Students)
WBLASB Policy 616 (School District System Accountability) WBLASP Policy 618 (Assessment of Student Achievement)