STMA Curriculum


The primary goal of STMA’s curriculum review process is to develop a guaranteed and viable curriculum. A guaranteed and viable curriculum is one in which the agreed upon essential content and skills are covered within the allotted instructional time. STMA recognizes that a guaranteed and viable curriculum has a strong correlation to student achievement (Marzano, 2000).

To learn more about the specific curricular content areas, click the Content Area link in the side menu. From there, you will have the opportunity to learn about specific content area course offerings.

The curriculum review process supports the review of curricular content, common assessments, course offerings, and resource selection on a ten year cycle with the opportunity to run a “clean-up” cycle in year five. Each content area is on the cycle for one year. In years two through ten, the district’s curriculum review process is integrated with the work of PLCs.

To learn more about the responsibilities and expectations involved in the curriculum review process, please review the tables below.


Table I.


Content Area


Art, Music, World Language, Media


Science, Physical Education & Health


English/Language Arts (ELA)


Social Studies


2023-2024 Potential Clean-up Cycle for Business, Technology Education & Engineering (TEE), Family & Consumer Science (FACS), Broadcast Journalism

Note: Special Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) are part of each curricular area.

Table II.




Curriculum Committee

Year One

  • Construct needs assessment
  • Draft action plan based on identified needs
  • Conduct a benchmarking study (if necessary)
  • Conduct surveys (if necessary)
  • Review and update philosophy statement
  • Review state and/or national standards & test specifications
  • Identify professional development needs
  • Request new resources (if necessary)
  • Determine if more time on the cycle is needed
  • Report findings and recommendations to the District Advisory Committee (March)
  • Update curriculum maps including content, skills, learning targets and common formative & summative assessments (during year or June)

Clean-up Cycle

Year Five

(if needed)

  • Review and update curriculum maps including content, skills, learning targets and common formative & summative assessments
  • Request new resources (if necessary)
  • Update course materials
  • Conduct benchmarking study (if necessary)

Building PLCs

Years Two-Ten

  • Analyze common formative and summative assessment data
  • Discuss changes needed to the curriculum and common assessments and record on reflection sheet on an on-going basis (What’s working? What’s not working? What changes need to be made?)
  • Update curriculum map (curriculum committee representative’s responsibility)

The curriculum review process is supported by the District Advisory Committee (DAC), which is an advisory committee comprised of community members, parents, school board members, a student, and staff members. The District Advisory Committee advise on curriculum and make recommendations to the superintendent and school board.

Download a pdf file of STMA's curriculum map format.

Download a pdf file of STMA's 2018-2019 curriculum review calendar.


District Office/Middle School West

11343 50th Street NE

Albertville, MN 55301

If you have any questions, please contact Shari Ledahl, District Curriculum Coordinator at or 763-497-6536.