Redbank Valley Curriculum
As soon as the curriculum was written and aligned to the PA Standards in 2002, the teachers in the Redbank Valley School District began creating curriculum maps. The maps are a representation of the content and/or skills that are covered in each course over a period of one school year. It is a calendar-based (monthly) "map" of what will be taught in all subject areas, at each grade level, at generally consistent times in each school year. Similar to a road map, a curriculum map shows where students are, where they've been, and where they are going in each course throughout the district.
The purpose of curriculum mapping is to:
All maps represent a work in progress. They are not permanent and are continuously reviewed and revised as needed in an effort to refine and improve the curriculum throughout the district.
For teachers and administrators, curriculum maps are a useful tool. As data on student achievement is analyzed, curriculum maps have already pinpointed areas of weakness and have been adjusted according to our needs. For example, recent PSSA's indicated weak performance in certain math skills. When reviewing the map, it was evident that those skills were taught after the test administration. The map was revised to realign those skills are now they are taught prior to taking the test.
Curriculum maps will also be a useful tool for parents. Our maps will allow parents to see a brief glance at what their child will be taught in each course.
Redbank Valley School District used and adapted the work of Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs to guide the curriculum mapping process. Her book, Mapping the Big Picture: Integrating Curriculum and Assessment K–12 (1997) provides an overview of the process.
The district's curriculum maps are available for public use. You may access them by selecting one of the links below.
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