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Curriculum Alignment

Curriculum alignment can improve student performance on standardized tests and foster collaboration and communication among teachers.

Research suggests that the effects of a well-aligned curriculum can “cancel out” more traditional indicators of student achievement, such as socioeconomic status, gender, race, and teacher effect. A well-aligned curriculum can help level the playing field for students.

Learning Point Associates has designed three processes that allow us to effectively analyze a district's written curriculum, instructional guides, and assessments to determine the level of alignment to state standards: basic alignment services, knowledge domain alignment, and comprehensive alignment. We implement one of these three versions of the Curriculum Alignment process based on the district's specific needs.

"As our teachers work to refine the curriculum as a way to improve student achievement, Learning Point Associates has been an invaluable partner. They have helped us to collaborate, reflect on the data, and focus on essential content."—Thomas L. Neat, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Elkhart, Indiana

Basic Alignment Services

Our associates:

  • Conduct a review of the state standards for emphasis.
  • Review written documentation for content match and emphasis to the state standards and conduct a gap analysis.
  • Provide the district with a written report specifying the results of the alignment and emphasis.

Knowledge Domain Alignment

Our associates:

    Review state standards for levels of cognitive demand (i.e., what students are expected to do) and specific knowledge domain (i.e., complexity and type of information with which students are engaged).

  • Conduct reviews of district documents for both cognitive demand and knowledge domain.
  • Provide the district with a written report and graphical representation specifying the results.

Comprehensive Alignment

Our associates:

  • Review the state standards for content emphasis, levels of cognitive demand, and knowledge domain.
  • Conduct reviews of district documents for content emphasis, cognitive demand, and knowledge domain.
  • Provide the district with a written report and graphical representation specifying the results, a gap analysis, and suggestions for next steps.

To explore how we can help you better use data to improve student and school performance, contact Jessica Johnson by e-mail or telephone (800-356-2735).

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