Wasc/cde self-Study Report



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B1. Curriculum Criterion


All students participate in a rigorous, relevant, and coherent standards-based curriculum that supports the achievement of the academic standards and the schoolwide learner outcomes. Through standards-based learning (what is taught and how it is taught), these are accomplished.

Indicators with Prompts



Current Educational Research and Thinking

Indicator: The school provides examples that document the effective use of current educational research related to the curricular areas in order to maintain a viable, meaningful instructional program for students.

Prompt: Comment on the effective use of current educational research related to the curricular areas to maintain a viable, meaningful instructional program for students. Examine the effectiveness of how the school staff stay current and relevant and revise the curriculum appropriately within the curricular review cycle.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Academic Standards for Each Area

Indicator: The school has defined academic standards for each subject area, course, and/or program and, where applicable, expectations within the courses that meet the UC “a-g” requirements.

Prompt: Evaluate to what extent there are defined academic standards for each subject area, course, and/or program (e.g., college/career) that meet state or national/international standards and, where applicable, expectations within courses that meet the UC “a-g” requirements?

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Additional Online Instruction Prompts: Evaluate the extent to which the online curriculum/courses consistently meet state academic standards. Determine if there is effective integration of outsourced curriculum into the program.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Congruence

Indicator: There is congruence between the actual concepts and skills taught, the academic standards and the schoolwide learner outcomes.

Prompt: Evaluate the extent to which there is congruence between the actual concepts and skills taught, the academic standards, and the schoolwide learner outcomes.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Student Work — Engagement in Learning

Indicator: The school’s examination of representative samples of student work and snapshots of student engagement in learning demonstrate the implementation of a standards-based curriculum and the schoolwide learner outcomes.

Prompt: Evaluate to what extent the examination of representative samples of student work and snapshots of student engagement in learning demonstrate the implementation of a standards-based curriculum and the addressing of the schoolwide learner outcomes.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Accessibility of All Students to Curriculum

Indicator: A rigorous, relevant, and coherent curriculum to all students is accessible to all students through all courses/programs offered. The school examines the demographics and situation of students throughout the class offerings. The school’s instructional practices and other activities facilitate access and success for special needs students.

Prompt: Evaluate students’ access to a rigorous, relevant, and coherent curriculum across all programs. How do school staff define rigor, relevance, and coherence? To what extent do the instructional practices of teachers and other activities facilitate access and success for special needs students?

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Additional Online Instruction Prompt: Evaluate the procedures to ensure that students have access to courses that meet the UC “a-g” requirements, including lab courses.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Integration Among Disciplines

Indicator: There is integration among disciplines at the school and where applicable, integration of outsourced curriculum into the program so that curricular integrity, reliability, and security are maintained.

Prompt: Evaluate to what extent is there integration among disciplines and where applicable, integration of outsourced curriculum into the program so that curricular integrity, reliability, and security are maintained.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Curricular Development, Evaluation, and Revisions

Indicator: The school assesses its curriculum review and evaluation processes for each program area, including graduation requirements, credits, grading policies, and homework policy, to ensure student needs are met through a challenging, coherent, and relevant curriculum. This includes the degree to which there is involvement of key stakeholders (governing board members, teachers, parents, and students).

Prompt: Comment on the effectiveness of the school’s curriculum review, evaluation, and review processes to ensure student needs are being met through the curriculum; include the extent to which there is involvement of key stakeholders.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Policies — Rigorous, Relevant, Coherent Curriculum

Indicator: The school assesses the curriculum and its rigor, relevancy and coherency after examination of policies regarding course completion, credits, grading policies, homework, etc.

Prompt: Determine the extent to which key stakeholders are involved in the selection and evaluation of the curriculum to ensure it matches the school’s mission and schoolwide learner outcomes. Particularly evaluate the strategies used to solicit teacher input into the design of the curriculum and the use of technology within the curriculum.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Additional Online Instruction Prompt: Determine the effectiveness of the school for outsourced curriculum to maintain curricular integrity, reliability, and security.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Articulation and Follow-up Studies

Indicator: The school articulates regularly with feeder schools and local colleges and universities. The school uses follow-up studies of graduates and others to learn about the effectiveness of the curricular program. 

Prompt: Share examples of articulation with feeder schools and local colleges and universities, including comments on the regularity of their occurrence. What has been revealed through the follow-up studies of graduates and others regarding the effectiveness of the curricular program?

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Conclusions

Prompt: Comment on the degree to which this criterion is being addressed.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     

Prompt: Comment on the degree to which this criterion impacts the school’s to address one or more of the identified critical learner needs.

Findings

Supporting Evidence

     

     


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