SSL Certificate
St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

303  Curriculum Development

The purpose of this policy is to provide direction for continuous review and improvement of the school curriculum.
Curriculum development shall be directed toward the fulfillment of the goals and objectives of the education program of the school district and the fulfillment of the Minnesota Academic Standards.
A.  The superintendent shall be responsible for curriculum development and for determining the most effective way of conducting research on the school district’s curriculum needs and establishing a long range curriculum development program.  Timelines shall be determined by the superintendent that will provide for periodic reviews of each curriculum area.
B.  A district advisory committee shall provide assistance at the request of the superintendent.  The advisory committee membership shall be a reflection of the community and shall have parent, teacher, school board and administration representation.
C.  Within the ongoing process of curriculum development, the following needs shall be addressed:
1.   Provide for articulation of courses of study from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.
2.   Provide for evaluation of programs for the purpose of continual alignment to District and Minnesota Academic Standards.
3.   Provide a program for ongoing monitoring of student progress.
4.   Provide for specific, particular and special needs of all members of the student community.
5.   Meet all requirements of the Department of Education.
D.  It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to keep the School Board informed of all state mandated curriculum changes, as well as recommended discretionary changes and to periodically present recommended modifications for School Board review and approval.
E.   The superintendent shall have discretionary authority to develop guidelines and directives to implement School Board policy relating to curriculum development.
Legal References:      

Minn. Stat. § 120B.10 (Findings; Improving Instruction and Curriculum)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.11 (School District Process)
Minn. Rules Part 3500.0550 (Inclusive Educational Program)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0010-3501.0180 (Graduation Standards – Reading and Mathematics)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0200-3501.0290 (Graduation Standards – Written Composition)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0505-3501.0635 (K-12 Standards)
20 U.S.C. § 6301, et seq. (No Child Left Behind Act)
Adopted:  April 27, 2009                                           

School Board
Independent School District No. 15
St. Francis, Minnesota

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