Curriculum Development

In December 2003, the School District of Philadelphia contracted with the Philadelphia Education Fund to be Lead Facilitator in the development of a new core curriculum in Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2004.

  • Phase 1; January–July 2003: development of the Literacy and Mathematics curricula
  • Phase 2; August 2003–June 2004: development of Science and Social Studies curricula
  • Phase 3; August–December 2004: development of the Arts curriculum

In each phase, the Ed Fund co-facilitated meetings of community partners, the oversight team, and curriculum writing teams. The Curriculum Development Project was a lynchpin of the District's Pre-K–8 reforms. The goal was to provide teachers, principals, students and parents with unified, rigorous, standards-based curricula, instructional materials, and assessments to ensure continuity of instruction for all students regardless of school or grade. The District chose the percentage of students reaching the proficient level on the Pennsylvania System of Student Assessment (PSSA) in Reading and Math as the primary indicator of success of this project.