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ERIC Number: ED507587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug-15
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 40
Vertical Alignment: Ensuring Opportunity to Learn in a Standards-Based System. Issue Brief
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
In response to requirements in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), state policymakers have made concerted efforts to align state standards with state accountability assessments. When strongly aligned and articulated, state standards and assessments can provide a clear and coherent set of expectations for students and educators. How do districts ensure that what is taught and tested in classrooms aligns with the state standards and assessment? One approach is through vertical alignment of the district's written curriculum with state standards and assessments. Vertical alignment articulates the logical, consistent order for teaching the standards-based content in a subject area from one grade level or course to the next. There are different approaches to undertaking vertical curriculum alignment in a district. Regardless of the approach taken, districts will most likely face similar implementation issues. This brief explores some of the issues that districts may face when implementing vertical alignment of the written curriculum across grade levels. It is organized as follows: (1) Brief overview of vertical curriculum alignment; (2) Common issues that successful districts have addressed when implementing vertical alignment as part of districtwide curriculum development; and (3) Vignettes that highlight selected aspects of vertical alignment activities.
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement. 1100 17th Street NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20035. Tel: 877-277-2744; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001