Dist. 214 Wrestles with Standardizing Its Core Curriculum
Galloro, Vince, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Vince Galloro Daily Herald Staff Writer
Should Buffalo Grove High School students take the same basic courses that students at Elk Grove High School take?
Or should educators at each school have latitude to develop their own curriculum, so long as students meet state learning standards?
Northwest Suburban High School District 214 will have to choose one of these paths, and soon.
The decision is perhaps the most crucial one to come from the district's "Financing Our Future" committee, a 15-month effort to cut costs while educating more students and maintaining quality.
Establishing a District 214 core curriculum program that spells out specific courses in the basic subjects - math, English, science and social studies - would be a significant change.
Right now, "It's possible for our schools to be more different from each other than from schools outside our district," Associate Superintendent John C. Hillary told the committee Thursday night.
Putting together a core curriculum that meets the Illinois State Learning Standards would free up administrators and teachers to reform elective courses, he said.
Those offerings include advanced classes for college-bound students and career and technical training courses for those headed to work after graduation. …