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    Seattle Public Schools’ Strategic Plan, Excellence for All, commits the District to ensuring high expectations and a high quality school for every student. As part of a system-wide effort to increase the number of Seattle Public School students that graduate from high school prepared for college and the 21st century work force, Seattle Public High Schools (SPS) has committed to a curriculum alignment in core academic subjects across all Schools. World Language classes in all SPS high schools will begin alignment during the school year 2009-2010.
    An aligned curriculum is a coherent and consistent progression of content, instruction, and assessment within and across a course of study.
    World Language courses will align to the following:


    World Language Standards  - state/national
    AP and IB courses – college readiness.
    Essential content knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the next course in the sequence and /or college and work.
    Textual materials and supporting instructional documents selected and or designed by Seattle Public Schools.
    Horizontal and Vertical Alignment
    Furthermore, each course in the core curriculum will be aligned horizontally with identified course outcomes so that courses with the same name across SPS high schools reach the same goals. Some content courses will be aligned vertically to ensure students possess the knowledge and skills to be successful in the next course in the sequence. Where skill and content knowledge is not required for the subsequent course, the content of the course will increase in challenge and academic content. Not only will the high school curriculum be aligned to the college ready state standards but also to the middle school curriculum that precedes the high school educational experience.
    Common Assessments
    In addition to measuring student progress, guiding teachers’ instruction, and focusing student learning, common assessments will also inform building improvement and district-wide decisions pertaining to curriculum and instruction.


    World Language Alignment Team Members
    A request was made to all World Language Department Heads and World Language teachers to volunteer and be part of the alignment team for French, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish.  This request was for both middle schools and high schools.  We tried to get teachers from different areas of the district.
    The following schools are represented:

    French:
    Madison Middle School
    Cleveland High School
    Roosevelt High School- teacher was at Rainier Beach when we started this process.

    Japanese:
    Chief Sealth High School
    Eckstein Middle School
    Roosevelt High School

    Latin:
    Garfield High School

    Spanish:
    Chief Sealth High School
    Mercer Middle School
    Nathan Hale High School
    Ballard High School