Chippewa Valley Schools Curriculum: clear and high expectations

In CVS, we feel we best serve all students by establishing an integrated and dynamic relationship between curriculum, instruction and assessment practices and standards. These standards and practices are based on the Michigan State Standards which can be found at  In the last few years, Michigan has adopted new standards to ensure that all students are college and career ready by the time they graduate from high school.  MDE defines college and career ready students as those who can: 

  • Use technology and tools strategically in learning and communicating
  • Use argument and reasoning to do research, construct arguments, and critique the reasoning of others
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with a variety of audiences
  • Solve problems, construct explanations and design solutions

As the district’s curriculum and assessment director, I work closely with curricular leaders, district administrators and teachers to continually review and update our curriculum and assessment practices to best meet the needs of all our students.  Our teachers have worked collaboratively in various groupings, to make certain that our curriculum content provides the foundation for ensuring that each student will make no less than one year’s growth in one year’s time and that all students will achieve at a high level.  

If you have specific questions about the curriculum your student is studying, please contact your child’s teacher and/or the building principal.  You can also reach me directly at:  

Walter Kozlowski

Director of Curriculum and Assessment




Video DocumentA Parent Toolkit produced by NBC News Education Nation

Video DocumentA short video explaining the Common Core State Standards