|St. Joseph School District Curriculum|
The St. Joseph School District is committed to maintaining a high-quality, rigorous curriculum for all educational programs for our more than 11,000 students. Curriculum is reviewed and revised on a rotating basis, with professional development related to content-area or grade level instructional best practices preceding curriculum revision and resource adoption.
It is the goal of the St. Joseph School District to maintain course and grade level curricula that aligns to Missouri Learning Standards, national content-area standards, and is inclusive of skills that make students successful in a competitive, global marketplace. By designing curriculum that includes 21st century skills and deep learning competencies, while being aligned to priority learning standards, our students have access to a rigorous, relevant, vertically aligned course of study.
Course curriculum and priority standards for all SJSD courses may be found in the curriculum management system Build Your Own Curriculum (BYOC). Curriculum revision, resource adoption, and curriculum maintenance is directed by elementary, non-core, and core Curriculum Advisors. Each advisor is responsible for annual grade-level and/or content-area staff development, ensuring alignment of SJSD curriculum to adopted Missouri Learning Standards, and analysis of interim assessments to monitor both curricular implementation and student learning.
In Missouri, the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) assesses student learning with annual grade level assessments in ELA and mathematics in grades 3 through 8; a grade-span assessment is given in grade 3 and grade 5 in science. End of Course examinations measure student proficiency in Algebra I, ELA 2, Government, and Biology. Students who complete Algebra I prior to entering high school must complete the Algebra II end-of-course exam. Additionally, Missouri participates in census testing of all 11th graders using the ACT exam.
In the areas of business, family and consumer sciences, and industrial technology, students are measured for skill proficiency using the Technical Skills Attainment (TSA) assessment. These assessments are required by Perkins Grant funded entities and may also include an Industry Recognized Credential (IRC) for the student who concentrates in a career or technical education pathway. Additional assessments are taken in grades 4-6, 7, 8, and 9 physical education using the Fitness Gram.
The SJSD’s centralized, focused approach to curriculum design, adoption, and maintenance guarantees all students access to a high-quality, research-based educational program. With professional learning and frequent student learning checkpoints, students are prepared for post-secondary success.