6000 - Curriculum

Policy 6000 Curriculum title box

The SVSU Board of Directors shall be responsible and be the authority for the Supervisory Union’s curriculum, Pre K through grade twelve, as specified by Vermont State Law [Title 16, Section 261a]. In discharging this responsibility, it recognizes that the Superintendent or his/her designee is responsible for the selection and approval of educational resources and opportunities [Title 16, Section 3743, 471, 701a] to support the curriculum.

It is the policy of the Board that the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union continually develops and modifies its curriculum to meet or exceed standards established by the Vermont State Board of Education. The Board authorizes the Superintendent or his/her designee to organize committees and cooperatively review and develop the curriculum of the supervisory union, provide staff development and implement appropriate assessment. Each school shall enable students to engage in rigorous, relevant and comprehensive learning opportunities that allow them to demonstrate proficiency. As required in 16 V.S.A. §2902, each public school shall provide support for students who require additional assistance in order to succeed or be challenged in the general education environment. The Superintendent will hold each school in the SVSU accountable to follow the curriculum developed in accordance with this policy.

The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union shall provide comparable services, staffing levels, curriculum materials and instructional supplies for all schools, whether Title I eligible or not. The district shall use local and state funds to ensure equivalence among schools in staffing and the provision of curricular materials and instructional supplies. Students in all schools shall be eligible for comparable programs and supplemental supports. The district shall utilize district-wide salary schedules for professional and non-professional staff.

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall conduct systematic assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum for student learning, and report to the school boards at least annually on student achievement and growth.

Legal References:
Vermont Law, Title 16 V.S.A. §2902
Vermont Law, Title 16, V.S.A. §261a, 3743, 471, 701a
Vermont Regulations, Rule # 5235, Competencies in Teaching
Vermont State Board of Education “Education Quality Standards, section 2120.5

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