ERIC Number: ED325379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
School Boards & Curriculum. Special Focus on Science and Mathematics.
New York State School Boards Association, Albany.
Curriculum touches all members of a school's community. It is not surprising that something of great importance is influenced by many groups. At this crutial time, school boards should define their role in curriculum and encourage positive change based on sound decisions regarding what knowledge, skills, competencies, attitudes, and values students will need in order to become responsible citizens, productive workers, and effective parents in the world. This paper is divided into several sections. The introductory section addresses such basic problems as defining curriculum and establishing its priorities. The next section deals with the roles of the school board and others at the local level, as well as the role of the State Education Department. Science and mathematics are used as the context for the discussion of several issues. In the final section, teacher preparedness is addressed. The question of national curriculum standards is raised, as are issues related to the achievement of female and minority students in the sciences. The appendix contains policy samples, and the glossary defines terms used throughout this paper. (CW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Boards of Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Needs Assessment, Policy Formation, Science Curriculum, Science Education, State Departments of Education, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State School Boards Association, Albany.