Curriculum in CCISD
Goals for Today
1. I can explain the role of the state in the development of curriculum and assessments that guide teaching and learning in Texas public schools.
2. I understand that curriculum standards and assessments have changed drastically over the years.
3. I can explain the process that CCISD uses to develop local curriculum.
It Begins With the State Board of Education
The State of Texas requires all public school districts to teach the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The TEKS are instructional objectives that are developed by a committee of educators, parents, business and industry leaders, and employers. The State Board of Education (SBOE) members nominate committee members to develop the TEKS. The SBOE also approves the proposed TEKS.
State Assessments have evolved over the years. Starting with TABS in the 80's, we have experienced five different iterations: TABS, TEAMS, TAAS, TAKS, and now STAAR
Assessing the TEKS Today
The STAAR assessment program includes annual assessments for grades 3–8 in reading and mathematics; assessments in writing at grades 4 and 7; in science at grades 5 and 8; and in social studies at grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, English II, Algebra I, biology and U.S history.
Local District Process
1. Curriculum team studies the TEKS and the most recent state and national assessments to be able to "plan with the end in mind". We also consider 21st century skills and college and career readiness standards.
2. Curriculum team deconstructs the TEKS into "student friendly" language and prioritizes the essential understandings.
Example: History. The student understands the emergence of the United States as a world power between 1898 and 1920. The student is expected to:
(A) explain why significant events, policies, and individuals such as the Spanish-American War, U.S. expansionism, Henry Cabot Lodge, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Theodore Roosevelt, Sanford B. Dole, and missionaries moved the United States into the position of a world power.
3. The Curriculum team determines which TEKS should be given the greatest priority. Next, the team bundles student outcomes into units and determines pacing guides.
4. Master teachers provide input on the previous work, then suggest possible learning experiences, recommend resources, and give helpful hints to guide novice teachers.
5. Teachers collaborate on lesson design at the campus level. Utilizing the curriculum planning guides, teachers design learning experiences and performance tasks for students.