Using the Toolkit

PreK-12 Curriculum Alignment: The Four Phases

-Creating the Profile

Guiding Questions

-Setting the Goals

-Planning to Improve

-Implementing the Plan


-Best Practices Models

-Program Requirements


-Sample K-12 Curricula

-Websites and Other Resources

Topic Guides for CIP Plans

Equity and Diversity

Family & Community Engagement

Instructional Strategies

Nebraska Literacy Plan

PreK-12 Curriculum Alignment

Special Education: Improving Learning for Children with Disabilities (ILCD)


Improvement Plan Requirements


Early Childhood

The Nebraska Framework:
A Handbook for Continuous Improvement in Nebraska Schools

Nebraska Statewide Assessment (NeSA)

Professional Development, Data Resources, and Links

Rule 10

State of the Schools Report

Nebraska Department of Education

US Department of Education


Contact Us

Creating the Profile

Data Collection

Administrators and teachers should regularly examine the PreK-12 curriculum for horizontal and vertical articulation as well as various developmentally appropriate levels in all subject areas.

Engaging Stakeholders

Curriculum alignment is a professional responsibility that should engage all staff at all levels. Staff should be familiar with the horizontal and vertical alignment of their specific content area(s) as it relates to the district’s comprehensive curriculum. Community and parent representatives should be involved in this process as appropriate.


In order to positively impact the achievement of all students it is essential to examine the full scope of the curriculum and its linkage across all programs

Administrators and teachers can use the same guiding questions to analyze their PreK-12 curriculum alignment. This analysis will help determine if curriculum alignment is the major reason for low student performance or if it should be considered a strategy to assist in remediation of other issues.





Nebraska Department of Education, 2010