Revision Cycle


The current schedule for revising the curriculum for all ages is the following: 

  • 2019-2020- Mathematics 
  • 2020-2021- Cultural Studies 
  • 2021-2022- English 
  • 2022-2023- Library, Intensive English, Languages Other than English 
  • 2023-2024- Open Year 
  • 2025-2026- Science 
  • 2026-2027- Various (Preschool, Technology, Music, Art, PE, Study Skills, Med & Publications) 
  • 2027-2028- Mathematics  

If you are interested in seeing the history of curriculum development in QSI, please click below on the History of QSI Curriculum. 


QSI CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT


An Ongoing Process 

 Quality Schools International (QSI) is committed to the continuous development of curriculum with goals set to improve the standard of student performance. QSI is continuously dedicated to: 

  • Evaluating the alignment of Exit, Program, Course, Essential Units and Essential Outcomes. 
  • Evaluating course development based on staff input, student needs, and outside standards. 
  • Planned Program and Course Outcome revisions on a yearly basis.  

 
This is evident through the following process: 

A program is revised on the basis of the number of years since the last revision and/or recognized need for improvement. Program revision is initiated by QSI staff and administrators and has been organized to ensure future planning for continued revision.  

Each year QSI organizes curriculum development in selected courses. Teachers are recruited from QSI schools to serve as curriculum writers.  Once selected, then writers evaluate the current courses and materials.  Feedback from the broader QSI community is also encouraged through surveys.  QSI Resource reaches out to publishers and begins the selection process of examining available materials.  It encourages staff to then begin while at school sites. The process is then worked on during a summer writing session where textbooks and related materials are evaluated and selected. The writing team then creates a draft of the course outcomes and sets goals for writing during the coming school year. The QSI curriculum team will then come together at a designated time and location during the spring of the school year to complete the writing of the course and unit statements. The completed curriculum will then be published, entered into QMS, and sent out to all QSI schools. 

QSI will continue to dedicate staff, administration, time, and money to the continuous revision and development of curriculum for the success of all QSI students. 

COMPONENTS


When searching on the curriculum tab of the website, a variety of different components can be found.  Read below for a brief explanation of each component.  All components are found in folders in the first Curriculum tab on this site. 
 

EXIT OUTCOMES 
This document is what is expected of students who attend QSI schools for any length of time.   QSI’s brief Do Know Believe on our logo reflects these three categories:  Success Orientations (believe), Competencies (do), and Knowledge (know).   

PROGRAM OUTCOMES 
Program Outcomes summarize all the courses taught in a program of study.  There are 7 programs of study listed below.  These documents are revised at the time the curriculum is being revised.  Each program of study lists the courses in that program that are taught in QSI (e.g. Literacy-6, Literature-12, Writing-13, SEC British Literature, SEC Research, etc.). 

  • English 
  • Mathematics 
  • Science 
  • Cultural Studies 
  • Creative and Dramatic Arts 
  • PE and Health 
  • Languages other than English (LOE) 

COURSE OUTCOMES (CO) 
The Course Outcomes give a specific overview of the whole course (e.g. Literacy-9 or Algebra).  They explain the units that will be taught in each course.  These are written for each course taught in QSI. 

ESSENTIAL UNITS (EU) and SELECTIVE UNITS (SU) 
Essential Units are units that will be taught in that course during the school year.  Selective Units are choices that teachers can make to complete the course of study.  Many courses will have a mandated set of Essential Units with a choice of one or two Selective Units per course.  These documents show the specific learning statements that students will learn during the unit.   

The Student Will (TSW) 

The TSW statements show what is expected of each child to master in each course they study.  There are different types of TSWs in the units. 

  • Essential Outcomes- taught and assessed for mastery 
  • Introduced Outcomes– taught, not assessed for mastery* 
  • Practiced/Ongoing Outcomes– ongoing skills taught throughout the unit* 

Evaluation Rubrics 
Rubrics are tools that teachers use to evaluate the work students produce in a unit.