Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment


Our Curriculum Council is made up of teachers who work with the Director of Curriculum & Instruction to provide curriculum development leadership. Teachers play a critical role in the design of curricular plans that provide clear learning targets and common assessments upon which to base daily instruction.

The Cedarburg curriculum is developed according to the Cedarburg Curriculum Review Cycle. Curriculum is published online using a software program called BYOC (BuildYourOwnCurriculum). Curriculum development teams can revise and update curriculum using this tool and parents and community members can easily see what we want students to know and be able to do at each level.

The Cedarburg K-12 Curriculum is standards-based, rigorous, age appropriate and relevant to the learning needs of students in the 21st century. Our curriculum development process focuses on establishing Enduring Understandings, Essential Questions, Learning Targets and Common Assessments.


The Cedarburg School District provides a responsive education for each student. Proficiency levels and benchmarks are set and a variety of learning data and artifacts are used to track student progress over time. Principals and teacher leaders meet regularly to analyze student achievement data in relation to student growth over time. Educators within each of the schools ask themselves “How well do students respond to our instruction?” “How can we best respond to the variety of ways in which our students learn?” and “What interventions do we need to put in place to ensure successful learning over time?”

Instruction is differentiated to meet the needs of students at all levels of learning. When students are not progressing as well as expected, despite instructional differentiation in the classroom, we have a process that brings a team together to collaborate and plan interventions. This individual planning is part of our district-wide Response to Intervention process.

The Director of Student Services serves all five buildings as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator and each of the building principals oversee and coordinate programs and plans designed to meet the student needs in their buildings.


The Cedarburg Balanced Assessment System includes classroom assessments, grade or course common assessments, the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment and state exams. All are standards-based and each type of assessment provides information about the attainment of proficiency in both content knowledge and skills.

Quality assessment impacts students’ motivation for learning and improves instruction. The teaching & learning interaction is informed by both formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment is a planned process in which assessments are used by teachers to adjust their ongoing instructional procedures and by students to adjust their current learning tactics. All Cedarburg educators are engaged in collaborative efforts with colleagues to develop quality formative common assessments that are directly linked to curricular learning targets.

Summative assessments are found at the classroom, district and state level and are used for grades and for accountability. The information gathered from summative assessments is evaluative and is used to assess standards-based proficiency.

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