Curriculum Development

In education, the term standards-based refers to systems of instruction, assessment, grading, and academic reporting that are based on students demonstrating, understanding or mastery of the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through their education.

The process of curriculum development with a standards-based format is different from the process used in planning traditional curricula. Whereas traditional curriculum development begins with identifying activities for students, a standards-based curriculum does not.

The standards movement lacks models of practice—that is, of specific strategies that help practitioners use such standards to make sound decisions about curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

It’s no secret that schools everywhere set high expectations for the students they serve. Where do these expectations come from and how are they developed? Explore the development and implementation of a standards-based curriculum in this lesson.