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The curriculum work at TUHSD is focused on answering three very important questions:

  1. What should all students know and be able to do as a result of taking a course or series of courses?
  2. How will we know when students know the information and have mastered these skills?
  3. How will we respond when students don’t learn and how will we respond when they do?

Program Goals are the Answer to Question Number One

For the past several years, teachers and counselors have worked with their colleagues in content area teams to answer question number one through the development of program goals.  Program goals are statements of what students should know and be able to do and they emphasize the knowledge a student would potentially gain from taking a course.  These goals are important because they help us ensure that students are ready for the next course in a sequence and that ultimately, students are ready for post high school education and/or employment.  All departments have either finished or are currently finalizing and agreeing to their program goals.

Examples of program goals:

  • Students will be able to graph and solve a quadratic equation (Algebra I program goal)
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the five components of health related fitness which include flexibility, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and cardiovascular endurance (Physical Education program goal)
  • Students will be able to determine the essential idea of a text and analyze its development (English program goal in the area of reading)

How will program goals be used?

Once program goals are completed, teachers will use them to plan the activities and assignments that they use in their classroom.  Think of it like planning a trip, first we determine where we want to go, and then we plan how to get there.  It is also important that teachers are explicit with students about the program goals.  Students should understand to goal, be able to discuss the goal and be able to monitor progress towards the goal.  In fact, if you dropped into a class, you should be able to ask your student to explain the learning goal for the lesson, how the current activities relate to the goal.

Curriculum work at TUHSD is driven by the strategic plan, which can be found at the following link:

http://www.tamdistrict.org/cms/lib/CA01000875/Centricity/Domain/3/TUHSDStrategicPriorities.pdf

Stay tuned for information about question number two and three in future editions of the Parent Connection!

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