4.1 The Purpose of Curriculum


What is the importance of curriculum? Answers will vary. According to the United States Department of Education the purpose of having a curriculum is to provide teachers with an outline for what should be taught in classrooms(https://www.ed.gov/k-12reforms/standards). The United States Department of Education wants to ensure that students are exposed to rigorous curricular goals to ensure that are prepared for real-world experiences that will make students college and career ready.  

At the state level, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has the responsibility to create standards that reflect what students should know as a result of instruction delivered by trained educators (http://www.nysed.gov/curriculum-instruction). Teachers in New York State have curricula they must follow in order to meet standards that are passed into law and adopted by the NYSED. NYSED has adopted curricular support for educators by making resources available to assist local school districts in developing and implementing local curricula.

For more information on the standards that apply to your specific content area, you can visit http://www.nysed.gov/curriculum-instruction.