The National Center onAccessible Instructional Materials states that curriculum evaluation is a setof measurement procedures that use direct observation and a recording of astudent’s performance in a specific curriculum to gather information.
The informationis then used to make instructional decisions. School performance is constantly judgedon the basis of effective learning outcomes. School leaders are constantly evaluatingtheir curriculum to make sure they are meeting students’ needs.
Evaluation ofthe curriculum is ongoing and is the responsibility of the school leadershipteam and all those who are involved in the process of writing the curriculum. Curriculumevaluation is used not only to determine the attainment of the purposes butalso “to gauge the value and effectiveness of any particular piece ofeducational activity – whether national project or any particular piece of workundertaken with our own pupils” (Kelly1989, p. 187). Curriculum is an essentialcomponent to all schools and all educational entities within the educationalsetting. Curriculum evaluation allows teachers to enhancetheir students’ learning, by providing content that is current, relevant andappropriate to their needs. The primary purpose of the curriculum evaluation isstudent learning and enhancement of the educational process. Kelly (1989, p.
23)identifies two purposes for curriculum evaluation; to evaluate the effectivenessof the curriculum and to evaluate for the accountability of schools andteachers (within the context of a National Curriculum). The first purposeserves to use the evaluation for improving teaching and learningusually by the teacher. The second purpose serves to informvarious audiences, usually governing agencies, concerning the programs of theschool. Other legitimate purpose might be to allocate resources orplacement (Russel 1984, p. 246). Curriculum evaluation is the core to students’learning and it holds school leaders accountable to student’s academic success. Teachers play a primary role in thecurriculum evaluation process because they are the ones delivering theinstructional content.
I would explain to my teachers the implications of assessmentdata that goes beyond the scope of their own classroom. I would further explainthe importance of the curriculum evaluation processes and the role it plays to ensurethat teaching and learning in the content area is helping students achieve. Iwould also elaborate on how curriculum evaluation is critical to achieving academicgoals for students and how it helps determine if the curriculum in place is providingthe educational tools for student success. Teachers will understand that curriculumevaluations are needed to demonstrate the strengths of the curriculum, identifyaspects of the curriculum that should be reconsidered or revised to enhancestudent learning, engagement, and satisfaction and ensure professionalaccreditation standards are met.
I would meet with teachers on an ongoing basisto discuss data to determine if changes/or modifications to the curriculum needto be made. Teachers will understand that evaluations of the curriculum arenecessary to ensure that the learning outcomes of delivered curriculum is successful.Teachers will understand the purpose of evaluating the curriculum is to see ifstudents learned the objectives from the current curriculum and if methods ofteaching the curriculum has been effective. If students are not achieving thegoals set in the curriculum and professional expectations could be changing,which in turn call for a change in the curriculum. I would further explainto my teachers there is an ongoing need to evaluate the curriculum because evaluatingit will assist teachers in determining the extent to which their currentcurriculum implementation have produced favorable outcomes for students.
Inclosing, to evaluate curriculum effectiveness teachers must identify thecurriculum needs first and then check its contents for accuracy,comprehensiveness, depth, timeliness, depth and quality.