Curriculum & Assessment
Curriculum development is an ongoing process in the school district and consists of both research and design. Research is the studious inquiry and critical investigation of the various content areas for the purpose of revising and improving curriculum and instruction based on relevant information pertaining to the discipline. This study is conducted both internally (what and how we are currently doing at the local level) and externally (what national standards, professional organizations, recognized experts, current research, etc. tell us relative to the content area). Design is the deliberate process of planning and selecting the standards and instructional strategies that will improve the learning experiences for all students. (Board Policy Code No. 602.1)
The BCSD academic program addresses all areas of instruction, including: PreKindergarten; K-12: reading, written language (literacy), math, science, social studies, global languages, the fine arts (music and art), technical and vocational; physical education and health; and classroom guidance instruction through 6th grade. Iowa Core content instruction is driven by the standards and benchmarks of the Iowa Core Curriculum.
The Boone Community School District uses a combination of norm-referenced, criterion-referenced, performance, formal and informal classroom-based assessment instruments aligned with content standards to monitor student learning.