Policy 602.02: Curriculum Implementation

Original Adopted Date: 03/10/2022 | Last Revised Date: 09/27/2022 | Last Reviewed Date: 09/27/2022

Without careful and continuing attention to implementation, planned changes in curriculum and instruction rarely succeed as intended.  How change is put into practice, to a large extent, determines how well it fares.

Implementation refers to what actually happens in practice as compared to what was supposed to happen. Curriculum implementation includes the provision of organized assistance to staff in order to ensure that the newly developed curriculum and the most powerful instructional strategies are actually delivered at the classroom level. There are two components of any implementation effort that must be present to guarantee the planned changes in curriculum and instruction succeed as intended: 

  • Understanding the conceptual framework of the content/discipline being implemented; and,
  • Organized assistance to understand the theory, observe exemplary demonstrations, have opportunities to practice, and receive coaching and feedback focused on the most powerful instructional strategies to deliver the content at the classroom level.

The superintendent is responsible for curriculum implementation and for determining the most effective way of providing organized assistance and monitoring the level of implementation.  A curriculum framework will describe the processes and procedures that will be followed to assist all staff in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully implement the developed curriculum in each content area.  This framework will, at a minimum, describe the processes and procedures for the following curriculum implementation activities to: 

  • Study and identify the best instructional practices and materials to deliver the content;
  • Describe procedures for the purchase of instructional materials and resources;
  • Identify/develop exemplars that demonstrate the learning behaviors, teaching, and learning environment to deliver the content;
  • Study the current status of instruction in the content area  (how teachers are teaching);
  • Compare the desired and present delivery system, identify differences (gap analysis), and develop a plan for addressing the differences;
  • Organize staff into collaborative study teams to support their learning and implementation efforts (address the gaps);
  • Provide ongoing professional development related to instructional strategies and materials that focuses on theory, demonstration, practice and feedback;
  • Regularly monitor and assess the level of implementation;
  • Communicate with internal and external publics regarding curriculum implementation;
  • Involve staff, parents, students, and community members in curriculum implementation decisions;
  • Ensure the curriculum framework complies with applicable laws;
  • Provide professional development to staff to support effective curriculum implementation.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to keep the board apprised of curriculum implementation activities, progress of each content area related to curriculum implementation activities, and to develop administrative regulations for curriculum implementation including recommendations to the board.

Note:    This is a mandatory policy but the content is discretionary to the extent somewhere in board policy the board describes its process for establishing content standards, benchmarks, performance levels, and annual improvement goals aligned with needs assessment information.    Boards, in conjunction with their administrators, should review their curriculum implementation process and incorporate it into this policy – striking what doesn’t apply and adding what does.   


Legal Reference: 20 U.S.C. § 1232h 
34 C.F.R. pt. 98 
Iowa Code §§ 216.9, 256.7, 279.8, .74 280.3.
281 I.A.C.  12.8.


I.C. Iowa Code Description
Iowa Code  § 216.9 Unfair/Discriminatory Practices
Iowa Code  § 256.7 DE – Duties of State Board
Iowa Code  § 279.8 Directors – General Rules – Bonds of Employees
Iowa Code  § 280 Uniform School Requirements
Iowa Code 279.74 Powers and Duties – Specific Defined Concepts
I.A.C. Iowa Administrative Code Description
281 I.A.C. 12.8 General Accreditation Standards – Student Achievement
U.S.C. – United States Code Description
20 U.S.C. § 1232h Education – Protection of Pupil Rights
C.F.R. – Code of Federal Regulations Description
34 C.F.R. Pt. 98 Education – Research, Experimental Programs, Testing – Student Rights

Cross References

Code Description
101 Educational Philosophy of the School District
103 Long-Range Needs Assessment
103-R(1) Long-Range Needs Assessment – Regulation