BOULDER – The Boulder Valley School District invites all interested community members to play an important role in BVSD’s alignment of its curriculum with the new Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) as adopted by the seven elected members of the Colorado State Board of Education in 2010. Under Colorado law and according to the Colorado Department of Education website, each Colorado local education agency, including BVSD, is required by state statute (CRS 22-7-1013) to review its standards in comparison with the CAS. Following this review, BVSD must revise its standards as necessary to ensure that district standards meet or exceed the CAS. To accomplish this, Colorado school districts may choose either to adopt the CAS verbatim or to revise their existing district standards.
BVSD has chosen the option of revising the curriculum to align with the CAS. The BVSD curriculum is contained in the district’s Curriculum Essentials Document adopted by the Boulder Valley Board of Education in 2009. This document underpins the BVSD Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum for elementary and secondary education in the district’s 55 schools. For nearly one year, district curriculum directors, under the oversight of BVSD’s chief academic officer, have been working to initially revise the district’s existing Curriculum Essentials Document. A list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and their answers can be found on the CDE website at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeassess/UAS/Standards_FAQ.html.
This BVSD curricular revision and alignment with the CAS must, under state law, be completed and approved by the Boulder Valley Board of Education no later than December 15, 2011. To solicit as much public input as possible and still meet the December 15 deadline, the following schedule has been set:
Five public meetings have been set that will explain current proposed revisions and gather feedback from any interested community member. Those five meetings are scheduled as follows:
- September 13, 4:30-6:30 PM, Heatherwood Elementary School, 7750 Concord Dr., Boulder
- September 15, 4:30-6:30 PM, Emerald Elementary School, 755 W. Elmhurst Pl., Broomfield
- September 20, 4:30-6:30 PM, Monarch K-8 School, 263 Campus Dr., Louisville
- September 22, 4:30-6:30 PM, Southern Hills Middle School, 1500 Knox Dr., Boulder
- September 29, 4:30-6:30 PM, Lafayette Elementary School, 101 N. Bermont Ave., Lafayette
(PLEASE NOTE: If a community member would like to review the curriculum documents, but is unable to attend one of these sessions, they may contact Susan Wojciechowski in Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction to request a copy at 720-561-5139.)
BVSD curricular leaders will then review all public input and amend the initial proposed revisions as they determine before submitting a final draft to the school board for review, discussion and ultimately approval.
November 8, 2011
The school board takes up its first review of BVSD’s proposed revision of its Curriculum Essentials Document as a “Study Item” on its meeting agenda. Further public input may also be given during the “Public Participation” portion of the November 8 board meeting agenda.
December 13, 2011
If initially approved in November, the school board takes final action on the BVSD revised Curriculum Essentials Documents which would then be transmitted to CDE. Once again, public input may also be given during the “Public Participation” portion of the December 13 meeting agenda.