Aligning the written curriculum is important to ensure there is a congruency in the delivery of curriculum, appropriate classroom testing, appropriate standardized tests, and the text books are correct for the desired learning goals. The teachers can utilize an alignment chart to keep their lesson plans on track with the school district’s Scope and Sequence Chart. Notations can be made to any new mastery skills that develop throughout the school year that they feel are essential for future addition to the written curriculum.
The best way to align the written curriculum within a school district is to set up a task force or committee to design an appropriate alignment form. The form is created by using the curriculum guide and entering all the objectives of each grade level into a computerized spreadsheet. The objectives should be in congruent order from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
After the alignment form has been created it is given to each subject area teacher team groups. The teacher team groups should be comprised of same subject area teachers from each grade level. The alignment form provides the objectives of the subject or grade level, end of course test objectives, designated standardized test tools, and copies of the text books currently being used.
The teacher team groups are responsible for classifying each objective into either mastery, enrichment or organic. They ensure that objectives are congruent in nature and follow the correct path from Kindergarten to 12th grade. The course test objectives should be double checked to make sure they do not include any information that is not part of subject mastery. This will ensure a direct course for the students to complete standardized tests with success. Review and evaluate each textbook used to make sure it is current and in alignment with objectives of the school system.
Each teacher team group will report their findings to the task force committee. The task force committee will take the results to administration. Recommendations to the administration should be made to secure appropriate curriculum and text books, providing time for the teachers to rewrite any areas of the written curriculum that are in question, and implementation of any new curriculum into the classroom.
The written curriculum should be monitored periodically after it has gone through alignment. A teacher team is an appropriate group of individuals to monitor the curriculum and recommend new mastery items to be included on future written curriculum. The teacher team should report to the designated administrator periodically to keep them updated on any changes that need to made.
Several websites provide excellent information on aligning written curriculum along with suggests on how to achieve alignment with ease. The websites include NCCC, The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, Educational Weekly, and ABC.