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ELA Curriculum Adoption

The Peninsula School District is currently undertaking a significant initiative: adopting a new English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum across all grade levels, from kindergarten through 12th grade. This process is being rolled out with varying timelines for different grade levels. Still, the objective remains consistent - to equip our students with a rigorous ELA curriculum that aligns with standards and utilizes evidence-based methodologies. 

Our primary aim is to select a curriculum that aligns with the Washington State English Language Arts standards within an evidence-based framework, ensuring equitable access to high-quality learning for all students. The selected curriculum must include robust support for teachers. Additionally, alignment with the Peninsula School District Literacy Task Force’s Guiding Principles and compatibility with the Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) professional learning - currently being undertaken by our elementary educators and administrators - is crucial. 

The Teaching & Learning Department is collaborating with classroom teachers, principals, special education staff, and our multilingual team to meticulously review and assess potential curricula. This evaluation is based on a comprehensive rubric designed to measure each curriculum against the district, state, and national educational standards and goals. As part of this inclusive process, we will also provide opportunities for family and community input, ensuring a wide range of perspectives are considered. If you have one or more students currently enrolled in the Peninsula School District, please consider responding to this survey.

The graphic below details the process that will be followed to complete the curriculum adoption: 

Elementary Process & Timeline

Middle School Process & Timeline

High School Process & Timeline