Chippewa Valley Schools Curriculum: CLEAR STANDARDS - HIGH EXPECTATIONS

Simply stated, curriculum is what we teach and assessment is how we know whether or not our students have mastered the content and competencies taught. The dynamic relationship between curriculum, instruction, and assessment guides the work done in our schools each day. 

The content standards Chippewa Valley Schools’ teachers work to uncover with their students are derived from the Michigan State Standards ( and designed to ensure all Michigan students achieve college and career readiness by the time they graduate high school. 

The Michigan Department of Education 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 Executive Director of Innovation and Learning for Chippewa Valley Schools, I work with our team of curricular leaders, district and building administrators, and our teachers and support staff to ensure our curriculum is current and relevant, our instructional strategies and techniques align with evidence-based best practice, and that our assessment protocols fulfill accountability requirements and appropriately inform instruction.  In doing so, it is our goal to ensure each Chippewa Valley student achieves no less than one year’s growth in one year’s time and that students who are achieving below grade level are provided support to make catch up growth. 

If you have questions about the curriculum, instruction, or assessments being utilized in your child’s classroom(s), please contact your child’s teacher. Counselors at our secondary schools and our building principals and assistant principals can also be very helpful in addressing these types of questions. If you should feel the need to contact me directly, I can be reached via email or phone. 

Karen Langlands, Ed. D.

Executive Director of Innovation and Learning



Video DocumentA Parent Toolkit produced by NBC News Education Nation

Video DocumentA short video explaining the Common Core State Standards