STMA Curriculum

STMA Curriculum Department


District Office/Middle School West
11343 50th Street NE
Albertville, MN 55301

763-497-3180 ext. 5300

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).

The curriculum review process supports the review of curricular content, common assessments, course offerings, and resource selection on a six-year cycle (see table one). Each content area is on the cycle for one year. In years two through five, the district’s curriculum review process is integrated with the work of PLCs. Responsibilities and expectations are summarized below in table two.

Table I.


Content Area


Social Studies




Business, Technology Education & Engineering (TEE), Family Consumer Science (FACS)




World Language, Art, Music


English Language Arts (ELA), Physical Education (PE), Health

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)

Building PLCs

Years Two-Six

  • 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 DAC advise on curriculum and make recommendations to the superintendent and school board.

To download a pdf file of STMA's curriculum process and cycle.

To download a pdf file of STMA's curriculum map format.

To download a pdf file of STMA's 2016-2017 curriculum meeting calendar,