Standards and Curriculum Support

Design and Deploy Learning Standards

Published: 1/7/2019 3:42 PM


It is imperative that schools/districts continually assess, review, and revise school curricula to support the assurance that all students have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for future success. Systems and processes must be in place that allow schools and districts to ensure validity and alignment, and fidelity of standards deployment. Schools and districts should use the Strategic Evaluation of Key Core Work Processes: Design and Deploy Standards needs assessment tool to evaluate the current state of standards deployment through valid curriculum.


Click on the image below to access an interactive and printable diagnostic. This diagnostic is taken from the Innovation Configuration Map.  An IC map is a tool that describes in specific, operational terms what new practices look like.  An IC map provides an ideal or high-fidelity picture of a “change” and helps people identify the gap between their current practices and ideal implementation.

Kentucky Academic Standards

The Kentucky Academic Standards contain the minimum required standards that all Kentucky students should have the opportunity to learn before graduating from Kentucky high schools.  The standards address what is to be learned, but do not address how learning experiences are to be designed or what resources should be used. 
The Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) Grades Primary-12 help ensure that all students across the commonwealth are focusing on a common set of standards and have opportunities to learn at a high level.

Additional resources below can be used to assist in providing underpinning knowledge and reasoning skills that can inform teachers as they work to create meaningful learning targets that lead students to mastery of standards.

The work of building curriculum is challenging, but meaningful for schools and districts. Although the work will likely continue throughout the school year (as part of PLCs), these PowerPoints can be used to guide initial curriculum development work.

Learning Targets

The deconstruction of standards into daily learning targets is a critical part of creating a high quality curriculum. In order to create meaningful learning targets, teachers must have a solid understanding of standards deconstruction and target types. The PowerPoint below can be used to support work with daily learning targets.

Ongoing Curriculum Work as Part of a PLC

Once initial curriculum work is completed, it should continue throughout the year in order to build upon existing work, to monitor curriculum implementation, and/or to evaluate effectiveness. This work can happen in PLCs, as part of the “PLAN and DO” portion of the PDSA model.

Susan Greer
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Related Resources

30-60-90 Day Plan for Design and Deploy Learning Standards

For Further Learning

How to Use the KY Model Curriculum Framework An outline of the focus and features of the framework and a video that reinforces the direction and guidance provided in the framework are included in the power point.  Those facilitating curriculum conversations and other educators may find this resource helpful.

Effective Curriculum Documents

There are a wide variety of criteria that should be taken into consideration when planning curricula. Below are some sample documents that have been effectively used by schools/districts across the state. However, it is important to note that there is not just one “right way”; final decisions regarding the deployment of standards and documentation of curriculum should be determined by schools/districts.

School and District Curriculum Samples

School and District Curriculum 

Samples Maps/Pacing Guides

Tools for Assisting in Curriculum Development

Curriculum Checklist This tool is a checklist for all necessary components of curriculum.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Curriculum & Pathways

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an essential component of the high school curriculum.  It is a critical element in meeting the needs of students in academic achievement, career exploration, career preparation, and leadership development. Career pathways are developed, implemented, and maintained in partnership among secondary and postsecondary education, business and industry, and employers.  CTE provides opportunities for dual and articulated credit at the postsecondary level, as well as the earning of industry-recognized credentials and certifications.

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