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.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

This section details course/subject area standards taught in Michigan.  The Michigan Department of Education establishes External Linkacademic standards that educators rely on for instruction, lesson planning, and assessment.


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. 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
Mandy German - Co-Chair - Parent
Tony Schering - Church Representative - Parent
Rossemary Salinas - Parent
Heath Kent - High School Health Teacher
Kori Grooters - 5th Grade Teacher
Erica Martino - Health Professional (Parent)
Sarah Flinsky - KISD Health Consultant
1 Student Representative