In the 1996 Education Excellence legislation, school districts are accountable for a system that focuses public education strategies for review and improvement of instruction, curriculum and assessment on Minnesota Graduation Standards. Districts are required to establish an advisory committee for the purpose of providing public input and feedback regarding the instructional and assessment programs.
In 1996-97, the Faribault Public Schools converted the PER Committee (Planning, Evaluating, and Reporting) to the System Accountability Advisory Committee (now known as Curriculum Committee) to reflect the changing focus in the legislation.
The primary responsibility of the Curriculum Committee, as described in the legislation , is to make recommendations to the school board on district wide standards, assessments, and program evaluation. In keeping with this role, the Curriculum Committee may engage in any of the following:
- Recommend to the school board the addition of new secondary courses
- Recommend approval of the NCA Self-study reports and Improvement Plans
- Develop customer satisfaction surveys in conjunction with school level personnel
- Recommend changes in District Testing Program
- Examine Assessment data and recommend curriculum and instructional changes
- Recommend ways to increase/enhance community involvement
- Recommend approval of the district Staff Development Program
- Serve and the "eyes and ears" of the community to the School Board and school
- Reviews the district System Accountability Report sent to the state
Membership and Terms of Office
Committee membership, when possible shall be comprised of two-thirds community representation and reflect diversity of the community. Members serve a three year term of office. One-third of the membership rotates each year.