Curriculum Guide Glossary of Terms

Mission and Goals

Articulate the fundamental academic and instructional intentions within a specific discipline of study.  Defined by a district team of educators (i.e., teachers, administrators) and built on national, state, and local discourse (e.g., research, best practice, etc.)

See Section II., A.

Benchmarks

Set specific achievement goals for the school as a whole as well as specific learning goals for each student. These school-wide and individual student goals are used as the criteria by which the school determines how effective it is at enhancing students’ academic achievement. (Marzano).

See Section II., B.

Grade or Course Overviews

Summarize essential learning goals (e.g., enduring understandings, critical content/skills acquisition, essential activities and agreements) for each grade level or course within a specific discipline.

Audience:  school staff, parents, community members

See Section III.

Standards

Reference key national and state standards.

See Section IV. A. for Overarching Big Ideas.  See Section IV. B. for Grade or Course Level Alignment to Standards.  See Section IV. D. for MA Standards Not Covered.

Curriculum Maps by Grade or Course

Visual articulation of what happens in a discipline by grade level or course.  A chart (map) of the scope and sequence of instruction including content (topics, concepts, essential questions), skills (process and performance), assessments, and alignment with standards (e.g., MA Frameworks).

 Audience:  classroom teachers.  The specifics of what to teach and how to measure learning.

 See Section IV. B. 

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