California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II

Local governing board support for aligning curriculum with the standards

Education Code Section 60119 requires local school boards to adopt an annual resolution on the sufficiency of instructional materials in the four core subject areas of reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and history-social science. Materials are to be aligned with the California content standards in these subjects. Local governing boards must also use their state funds to provide students with instructional materials that align with the California content standards in these subjects. Using state-adopted instructional materials, for kindergarten through grade eight, ensures that the instructional materials fully align with the California content standards.

Legislation requires local school boards to certify that instructional materials align with the California content standards. Standards maps are a publishers’ tool for local educational agencies to use when evaluating instructional materials for alignment with content standards.

“In the high-achieving districts, school board members showed greater understanding and influence in . . . key areas for school renewal. They were knowledgeable about topics such as improvement goals, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and staff development. They were able to clearly describe the purposes and processes of school improvement initiatives and identify the board’s role in supporting those initiatives.”1

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Footnotes
1 Lighthouse Study: School Boards and Student Achievement (PDF; Outside Source) Iowa School Board Compass, Vol. V, No. 2 (Fall 2000), 4.