NEW CURRICULUM CLARITY GUIDES AVAILABLE!
In an inclusive classroom, it is important that the teacher has a clear understanding of the intent and the demands of the regular, age-equivalent curriculum content. That is, an ability to articulate exactly what students need to know and be able to do to be successful in the summative assessment task, and to therefore achieve the objectives of the associated Content Descriptions and Achievement Standard from the Australian Curriculum (or the associated Syllabus components for those systems not accessing the stand-alone version of the Australian Curriculum).
Undertaking an alignment process to obtain curriculum clarity – drawing out the links between the assessable content descriptions, assessment questions/tasks, the marking criteria and where they all culminate into the Achievement Standard; allows teachers to identify the exact set of knowledge, understanding and skills that students are required to learn.
Teachers can use this information to map out purposeful learning opportunities and progressions that engage students in input and output experiences which are highly relevant and responsive to the curriculum. This clear focus allows teachers to identify what the core concepts and learning demands are, and to make informed decisions about supporting students to access, participate and learn. This support can occur through universal design and eliminating unnecessary barriers from the outset, as well as by providing responsive adjustments.
The following guides provide a demonstration of the curriculum clarity process used to identify the curriculum intent of a unit of study and its summative assessment. The process commences with clarity of the age-equivalent content, and is then extended to encompass alternate access points and individual learning goals as discussed on the curriculum page here. A template has also been created to guide application.
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