Dr. Carl Atkinson, Ed. D.
215-233-6000 ext. 2226
Mrs. Michele Kennedy
Secretary to the Assistant Superintendent
215-233-6000 ext. 1010
The School District of Springfield Township regularly and systematically examines curriculum and makes revisions to the planned courses of study as needed. To organize this effort the district follows a curriculum review cycle (click here to download this document). Generally speaking, the cycle repeats every five years and annually addresses a core program (mathematics, science, social studies etc.) and a minor or elective subject area, such as art, music, or health.
A committee of teachers, administrators and other support personnel as needed carries out the work of review. Every effort is made to involve teachers from each grade level and school building on these teams. Members serve as “ambassadors” to their grade level groups or departments in that they bring forth questions and ideas from across the district, as well as reporting back to their colleagues on a regular basis.
A complete review typically lasts for two years, with most of the committee work completed in the first year. The description below is typical of most content areas:
Year One – Task Force Committee
Year Two – Curriculum Writing and Assessment Alignment
Textbooks and other curriculum materials such as maps, microscopes and software are selected by grade level committees and departments to support the newly developed curriculum. This selection process may also include the choice of text materials to best support the course. Textbooks and trade books (novels used to deliver the curriculum) require approval from the board of school directors.
Common assessments (local assessments) are developed in the second year of review to specifically assess student understanding of stated course objectives. Each item on the assessment is linked to state standards and/or assessment anchors to allow for regular monitoring of student progress.
The School District of Springfield Township aligns courses to the most current Pennsylvania Academic standards in the development of its planned courses and student assessments. Links to Pennsylvania curriculum and assessment documents can be found below:
Please click on the links on the left to gain access to the planned courses of study.
[Please understand that some courses are not currently available through the website. Every effort is being made to make all courses available online.]