A school’s educational curriculum typically refers to the lessons and academic content taught in a specific course or for a specific age group. The curriculum describes a wide range of materials such as the courses learning objectives, the specific lessons taught by teachers, presentations, and/or readings used in a course, assessments, and other methods used to evaluate learning.
Assessment of the curriculum indirectly influences its content. The most commonly discussed examples are standardized testing, which can give rise to a phenomenon informally called “teaching to the test.” Teachers are consequently under pressure to teach in ways that are likely to improve student performance on standardized tests.
Some organisations use health education curriculum tools to ensure an effective health education curriculum. SHE has recently developed the European Standards and Indicators for Health-promoting schools. Standard 4 is particularly relevant in relation to the assessment of the curriculum as it describes six indicators that can measure the success of the implementation of a health-promoting curriculum.