Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction

Welcome to the Department of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction.

We are proud of our students' achievements, the instruction provided by our teachers, and the many educational programs offered to our students.  We believe that our exemplary educational system is a result of the collaborative efforts of parents, students, school, and community. Together we are improving learning for all.

The State of Michigan requires any student who has a language other than English listed on their Home Language Survey (from the enrollment packet) to be tested for English proficiency.  This is done through the WIDA Access Placement Test (W-APT).  The W-APT measure proficiency in the four domains of language - speaking, listening, reading and writing.  If a student scores below a 5.0 in any of the four domains and/or they are below grade level in reading, they qualify for the English Learner (EL) program.  If you have questions about this program contact Erin Meendering using the contact box to the right.

Lowell Area Schools is in the process of reviewing materials used when teaching HIV/AIDS education as well as for sex education instruction for 5th grade students. External LinkSchool Board Policy 2418 and state law mandate the creation of a sex education advisory committee to engage in the review process. Materials used for the purpose of HIV/AIDS and sex education will be reviewed and recommended to the School Board for final approval. Two public hearings to view materials will be scheduled prior to final Board approval as mandated. 

Members of the Reproductive Health Committee have volunteered their time in order to participate in the review process. Board Policy specifies that specific roles be filled for this committee. The members of the committee are as follow:

Dan Vander Meulen - Director of Curriculum - Co-Chair
Holly Christopher - Co-Chair - Parent
Shannon Hanley - Church Representative - Parent
Renee Orr - Health Professional - Parent
Ausma Pupel - 5th grade teacher
Kori Grooters - 5th grade teacher
Heath Kent - HS Health teacher
Lacy Charboneau - Parent
Emily Betz - Parent
1 Student Representative