In collaboration with Curriculum Services, parents, teaching staff, and community members, curriculum is developed, implemented, and revised for students with disabilities in the Special Services department. Committees assure the alignment with state and local standards. In addition to developing curriculum for students with disabilities working on State Content Standards, the Special Services department develops curriculum to teach the South Dakota Core Content Connectors for those individuals needing an alternate curriculum. According to Marzano (2003), a guaranteed and viable curriculum is the factor that has the most impact on student achievement.
Each major curriculum strand is included in a seven-year review cycle. The written curriculum, unless it is implemented correctly, will not guarantee student success. The Special Services Department provides professional development to assist all staff in becoming more effective in working with students who have learning difficulties.