the question you should be asking [about curriculum alignment] is this one:The "four supports" seem to be:
"We've tried this before without success. How will it be different this time?"
There are four necessary supports for curricular alignment which [might NOT be] in place. The people who are responsible for curricular alignment do not have control over these elements, so they can't make them happen.
- Resources for intervening with lagging (below grade level) students
- Assurance that teachers know what they are supposed to be teaching (depends on effective professional development)
- Identification of teachers who choose not to teach the curriculum (and getting them on board)
- Assurance that college-prep classes will be available at all schools