Dr. Carl Atkinson, Ed. D.
215-233-6000 ext. 2226
Mrs. Michele Kennedy
Secretary to the Assistant Superintendent
215-233-6000 ext. 1010
Curriculum Review Process
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. 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
- Form district review committee
- Develop a K-12 scope and sequence
- Identify and align to Academic or PA Core Standards and assessment anchors
- Identify essential questions and enduring understandings
- Budget for curriculum writing (planned courses of study)
- Develop course templates for curriculum writers
Year Two – Curriculum Writing and Assessment Alignment
- Write planned courses of study to include (starting in new fiscal year, normally summer):
- Course description and rationale
- Unit goals, concepts, skills, and key vocabulary
- Unit objectives, instructional activities and strategies, assessment opportunities, technology integration
- Curriculum map for the course
- Resources, cross-curricular integration
- Audit all district assessments related to the planned course to ensure appropriate coverage
- Budget for materials to support the newly developed planned courses of study
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:
Links to District Planned Courses of Study
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.)