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Curriculum

Curriculum used in classes throughout the District always goes through a rigorous process before it is adopted, including extensive review by teachers, administrators and the District Curriculum Council (which includes parent representatives--contact your school principal if you are interested in participating). 

The most recent curriculum to be put in place includes Houghton Mifflin Go Math for grades K-6.  This curriculum is intended to "bridge" the gap between our current Houghton Mifflin math materials and the next adoption of materials due to happen by the end of 2016.  The materials are aligned to the new Common Core State Standards. In addition, new common core aligned math books have been purchased for our 8th - 12th grade math students in the subjects of Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry. With more of our resources becoming digital, the Board has endorsed a plan to reserve a portion of our funds that in the past would have been spent exclusively on hardbound textbooks for more interactive and powerful digital texts.  Tablets and other interactive devices are already used in classrooms across the District, and this trend will continue to pick up speed in the coming months and years. 

The California Common Core Standards, already in place in our District, replace the old standards adopted in 1998.  The standards are common to 46 states across the United States. Students will be tested on the content of these standards beginning in May, 2015.

The state of California conducts regular reviews of core curriclum which is referred to as the adoption cycle. This allows for an orderly process for regularly updating curricula.  The state first identifies an approved lists of curricula, then our  district, in conjunction with other districts and the El Dorado County Office of Education, identifies a curriculum for adoption.  The process is designed to ensure that teachers have meaningful input into the decision making process.  Furthermore, opportunities are provided for parent and public input. 

Due to the recent budget crisis, however, the state took the unprecedented action to suspend the curriculum purchasing cycle until 2016 for math and 2018 for English/language arts. 

Click here to see the list of current district-adopted, state-approved curriculum for grades K-8.