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Brief History of the Project
FPS is working on a broad-ranging revamp of the curriculum system, designed to address the changing needs of all students. This effort will culminate in a systematic, ongoing program of curriculum evaluation, revision, and development.
This effort began in 2006, when FPS' R3 Committee (Rigor, Relevance, Relationships) began researching secondary school reform, and continued to evolve into Project 21c in 2008, which expanded the project to include Pre-K-12 curriculum. Project 21c's district literacy committee recommended the curriculum audit that led to the Curriculum Management Planning process.
In response to the audit of our curriculum management practices by Phi Delta Kappa International, FPS is moving ahead with curriculum management planning and has identified new teacher roles on the Curriuculum Coordinating Council. For information about the audit, see Related Materials at right.
The purpose of Fayetteville School District curriculum management planning is to provide a framework for the alignment of the written, taught, and tested curriculum. This comprehensive plan provides the structure to ensure quality control of the designed and delivered curriculum, internal consistency, and resources necessary to address the district’s mission and goals.
The audit report provided nine recommendations, and they comprise the framework for the action steps necessary to achieve the recommendations. Following is a chart that shows a timeline for the proposed curriculum development cycle.
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Curriculum Coordinating Council (CCC)
The Curriculum Coordinating Council (CCC) is a decision-making body that
reviews and recommends curriculum, instructional programs, and assessments of the district.
The 34 members of the CCC were chosen by a committee made up of two principals, two members of the curriculum team, and one central office administrator in order to best represent every grade level and subject area needed for this critical task. CCC members have 1, 2, and 3 year staggered memberships, so interested teachers will have more chances to apply in the years to come.
MAP Testing: Key Element of Curriculum Management Planning
In response to the FPS Curriculum Audit conclusion that the current state of student assessment was inadequate to monitor and evaluate student progress and achievement and insufficient to evaluate curriculum and programs effectively, the district has been piloting an assessment program called MAP. Next year, all students in grades 3-10 will complete the MAP assessments in reading and math.