Columbia Schools Consider New Curriculums

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COLUMBIA - Board of Education members will discuss new curriculums for all Columbia schools at Mondays Board of Education meeting. Because of Missouri's common core state standards and the six-year process for periodic reviews and revisions of curriculum standards, the board will consider a changes in Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education, and Theatre.

According to Chief Academic Officer Dr. Sally Beth Lyon, this is the first time this subject has been brought to the board. Lyon said, " The curriculum change is in response to both internal and external change. Especially with the reorganization of adding ninth grade into our high school system."

Because of the emersion of ninth grade into Columbia's high school system, Lyon says the curriculum needs to be changed in order for the students to be prepared for high school level physical education.

If the Curriculum changes are approved  Kindergarten through fifth grade would see changes in their Language Arts program. Skills that that can be seen for Language Arts in Elementary schools include balancing literary and informational text, building knowledge in the disciplines, improvement of text complexity, practicing text based answers, writing from sources and building a better academic vocabulary.

Changes in Mathematics programs include Kindergarten through second grade focusing on addition and subtraction as well as measurement using whole numbers. Third through fifth grade would focus on multiplication, division and fractions. Sixth grade and seventh grade would tackle rations and proportional reasoning as well as early expressions and equations. Eighth would focus on linear algebra.

The theatre curriculum for sixth through twelfth grade student will be completed at the end of the current school year. Becaue of this  course offerings at each of the six middle schools will be the same so that students across the district have equal access and opportunities. Components such as performance opportunies will be implemented more in the middle schools. Competitive theatre will begin in high school with hopes of bettering reading skills and promote high level thinking.

Other things that will be addressed at the meeting include Columbia Public Schools decision of contracted custodial services for Battle High School, Agreements for Battle High School construction and the closing of elementary property north of Battle High School.