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Subcommitte 1/A/1 Essential Question:
What is the "degree of implementation" of the district curriculum? Is the written curriculum rigorous? Is our written curriculum viable?

9/28/2009: What data will be collected to reveal current reality?

Is there differentiation in the written curriculum?

What resources are available for parents from the OCG to support learning?

How are teachers measuring the implementation of the Parkway curriculum?
Is the OCG a useful tool for teachers?

To what extent is professional development provided/utilized for planning time to implement and/or enhance the curriculum?

How is our curriculum preparing our students beyond the classroom (Focus Area 1 C)?

Walk Through – focusing on GLEs?

If the OCG is incomplete, what is the guiding source for the curriculum?

Points to Consider:
Length of the school day (are there enough minutes in the school day to teach the minimum state requirements)
Daily PE   Flexible Structure of the Day/Classroom Environment

3/1/2010: Key Findings

A. Positive Observations Revealed by the Data

- Based on the visual walk of the buildings it was evident that the curriculum as outlined on the on-line curriculum guide was being implemented across the district in grades K – 8
- Based on the visual walk of the building it was evident that content based curriculum was being taught.
- The teacher survey indicated use of the OCG indicating the OCG is useful for planning instruction
- The online curriculum guide revealed that Parkway offered a great selection of courses at the high school.
- The online curriculum guide overview indicated the tool was easy to use and easy to gain access.
- The OCG Review indicated the courses offered in Parkway appear to be rigorous (in the written curriculum).

B. Identified Needs

- The administrator survey indicated many of the administrators do not use the OCG indicating the need to ensure administrators use the OCG to enhance learning in their work as building leaders
- Not all of the teachers used the OCG as indicated in the teacher survey – additional development of teachers on the OCG is indicated
- The teacher and administrator surveys both indicated a curriculum-at-a-glance document would be useful on the OCG
- The walkthrough indicated that high school teachers may not be implementing the district curriculum at the same level as elementary and middle schools due to lack of visible evidence of Essential Questions.
- The online curriculum guide review indicated numerous courses were offered at different schools and the class offerings were not equitable.
- The online curriculum guide review indicated a variance in the quality/quantity of content and resources available for teachers.
- Ensure consistent formatting for all courses on the OCG and continue to improve user-friendliness of the OCG.
- While the written curriculum on the OCG appeared to be rigorous, the classroom observations revealed a lack of rigor in the implementation.
- Both the teacher and administrator surveys revealed that the definition of rigor is unclear and an agreed upon definition is necessary.
- Both the teacher and administrator surveys indicated a lack of agreement on what curriculum looks like in implementation.
- Based on the visual walk of the building it was evident that the curriculum in grades K – 5 is viable as evident by the similarity of the content of the student work visible in each building.

C. (If Necessary) Additional Data Needed

- The Project Parkway members who participated in the Data Protocol felt the percentage of respondents to the survey was lower than we had hoped for, and therefore may not be as representative as we would have liked. Survey respondents were more likely to be teachers with less than 10 years experience.
- The Project Parkway members who participated in the Data Protocol felt the percentage of respondents to the survey was lower than we had hoped for, and therefore may not be as representative as we would have liked.
- The data from the teacher survey indicated follow up is needed on the viability of the written curriculum.
- Teacher survey indicated more time was needed to implement the curriculum to make it viable (elementary).
-The Project Parkway members who participated in the Data Protocol felt the percentage of respondents to the survey was lower than we had hoped for, and therefore may not be as representative as we would have liked.
- More data collection in grades 6-12 with regard to the viability of the curriculum.

D. Comments

-The students involved in the OCG review were most concerned about the diversity of offerings at the high school being different at each school. The students expressed disappointment that they were not offered all of the choices.