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Curriculum

The Office of Facility Schools has worked to ensure all facility schools have access to a curriculum that is aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards, encompasses all core content areas, and is appropriate for use in the facility school setting.  Currently, curriculum guides for grades K-12 in Reading, Writing and Communicating; Mathematics; and Science have been adopted.  The Office of Standards and Instructional Support has also worked with school districts across the state to develop sample curriculum for schools and districts to utilize in all content areas and grade levels. Facility schools are able to access and utilize the Colorado District Sample Curriculum Project resources for those content areas not yet adopted by the Office of Facility Schools.

The curriculum documents are intended to serve as guides for the scope and sequence of instruction in all Approved Facility Schools. The curriculum guides were adopted by the Facility Schools Board in 2015, with facility schools implementing the guides in the 2015-16 school year. 

The curriculum guides include scope, sequence, student friendly learning objectives, level of thinking, and key academic vocabulary.  An “I” in the concept box indicates the concept is “Introduced” at that particular time.  A “C” means the “Continuation” of learning a specific concept or skill students are practicing.  An “M” will indicate when a concept or skill should be “Mastered”. In an effort to align the guides with instructional supports in iReady, the guides include a reference to any iReady lesson associated with the content standards. They are referenced in the “Notes” section for each standard.

The Safety Net Standards are those concepts and skills identified as most essential for students, at each grade level, to master.  They are currently not organized in a sequential order or horizontally aligned by grade cluster.  Once this work is complete, revised versions will be posted and schools will be notified of the updates.

Colorado revised content standards in 2018, with expected implementation by 2020-2021. The Office of Facility Schools will be updating the curriculum guides to ensure continued alignment with the Colorado Academic Standards. 

Enhancements to the curriculum guides will be ongoing.  If anyone has questions or comments regarding the documents, please contact Wendy Dunaway, dunaway_w@cde.state.co.us.

 

Curriculum is the set of courses, coursework, and their content. A textbook or other instructional materials are the resource used for instruction in a specific subject. The Office of Facility Schools provides Approved Facility Schools with Curriculum Guides. Each Approved Facility School is responsible for it's own resources.

 

Curriculum Guides

 

Safety Nets

The Safety Net Standards are those concepts and skills identified as most essential for students, at each grade level, to master.  They are currently not organized in a sequential order or horizontally aligned by grade cluster.  Once this work is complete, revised versions will be posted and schools will be notified of the updates.

 

Colorado District Sample Curriculum Project 

 

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