Curriculum Improvement Process
The Thompson School District considers curriculum to be a blending of standards, content, exploration and pathways, assessments, and a menu of appropriate instructional resources that support robust learning in our 21st Century world. Curriculum development includes the adoption, modification or deletion of specific programs or courses, the design and evaluation of proposed pilot programs or courses, and the selection of compatible and appropriate instructional materials.
The process of maintaining a relevant and up-to-date curriculum should be guided by the District mission, goals, strategic plan and graduation requirements, as well as by District standards and expectations for student achievement. The curriculum design process should embody a philosophy of continuous improvement, involve broad based input from different District constituencies, allow and encourage creativity and innovation, consider reliable and current educational research, provide for the fulfillment of varied student needs, and direct the selection of instructional materials. Evaluation shall be an integral and essential component of curriculum design.