Superintendent’s Comments – February 26, 2019

Dr. Lynda C. Andre
February 26, 2019

Proposed K-12 Science Curriculum and Materials Adoption

On Monday night, the administration presented the updated K-12 science curriculum to the Board of Education for discussion. This was the second of many curricular presentations that will be made to the Board of Education over the next few years. These curricular updates are possible as a direct result of our communities’ passage of Proposition E.

A major focus of the Proposition E Plan was to provide District 7 with an ongoing revenue source to restore the curriculum development cycle, including the purchase of new textbooks and digital resources, which would support each academic subject. Curricular areas long overdue for review have been scheduled into a three-year plan for study. Last spring, the Board of Education approved the purchase of new K-12 math textbooks and digital resources which were implemented this school year.

As a result of the State’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards, District 7 initiated a K-12 science curriculum study according to the established curriculum development process.  A group of thirty-four (34) K-12 teachers was convened to study the Next Generation Science Standards and current research into best instructional practices before designing a complete curriculum for our students.

The District 7 curriculum review process is thorough, unique, effective, and

  • Provides consistency across all buildings
  • Removes redundancy between grade levels/courses
  • Provides pacing guides
  • Outlines research-based instructional practices

What is determined in a curriculum study?

  • Content and skills taught at each grade level
  • Amount of time spent teaching each skill/unit
  • Instructional practices required and implemented
  • Materials used to implement the new curriculum
  • Professional development needed to ensure teachers are prepared to teach the revised curriculum with new materials

One of the responsibilities of the K-12 Science Curriculum Study Committee, after the development of the curriculum, is the identification of science instructional materials and equipment needed to implement the revised curriculum. The following instructional materials were recommended for purchase:

Elementary Instructional Materials
National Geographic, Exploring Science (Copyright 2018)
Big books for Kindergarten
Textbooks for students in grades 1-5
Digital interactive student e-book (6 yr. license)
Leveled readers for each elementary school
Equipment for labs
Teachers’ guides and support materials
Total cost:  $321,000

Middle School Instructional Materials
Pearson, Elevate Science (Copyright 2019)
Student textbooks
Digital interactive student e-book (6 yr. license)
Engineering and Design Notebook
Classroom Maker Crate kits
STEM Invention Toolkit
Equipment for labs
Teachers’ guides and support materials
Total cost:  $298,000

High School Instructional Materials
Multiple publishers based on course (Copyrights 2017-2020)
Student textbooks
Digital interactive student e-books (6 yr. license)
Lab equipment
Consumables, including chemicals
Teachers’ guides and support materials
Total cost:  $422,000

The total cost of the science curriculum adoption including all textbooks, digital licenses, teacher support materials, technology, equipment and consumables is $1,041,000.00. The implementation of the revised science curriculum is scheduled for August 2019.

In 2019-2020, K-12 Social Science Curriculum Study Committee will be convened for the purpose of reviewing and revising the K-12 Social Science Curriculum.