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Curriculum Review

On March 22, 2018, the Board of Education received a report of the findings for the curriculum audit conducted, as mandated by the curriculum policy to occur every five years. The review and recommendations are focused on grades Kindergarten through Grade 8, for English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics and for the written, taught and learned curriculum. Through external evidence-based research and reviews, several externally developed ELA and mathematics curricula are highly rated for their alignment with the Common Core State Standards. This evidences a significant development since the early days of the Common Core when there were few external products of sufficiently high quality. Well-aligned curricular products were not available when Curriculum 2.0 development was initiated in the 2009–2010 school year.

The more recent externally developed curricula offer strong advantages in terms of readily available materials for struggling or advanced students, as well as various resources for special needs and English Language Learners. As MCPS transitions away from Curriculum 2.0 toward an externally purchased curriculum, stakeholder feedback will be an important consideration. This transition will take place over a multiyear period to ensure effective implementation and support to schools. This site includes information on the curriculum review, the central office and school timelines, frequently asked questions, and an input survey. The FAQ will be periodically updated as new questions are raised with staff and through the survey.



Curriculum Rollout Plan for Schools 2018-2019

Date

Item

April 12

Communicate with principals regarding Year 1 participation in curriculum rollout

May 4

Deadline for schools to respond indicating interest in Year 1 curriculum rollout participation

May 7 through 15

Review school interest forms and identify participating schools

May 18

Inform schools of participation status

July/August

Professional learning for identified schools/staff

September

Initiate implementation of new curriculum in identified Year 1 schools


Curriculum Selection Plan

Date

Item

April 13

Issue Request for Proposals (RFP)

April 13 through June 11

Input and feedback from stakeholders

  • Principals/Administrators
  • Teachers, Teacher Leaders, and Support Professionals
  • Councils on Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum Advisory Assembly
  • Parents/Guardians
  • Students
  • Community

May 11

Requests for Proposals due to MCPS

May 15 through June 11

Proposals Review Begins

  • Stakeholder input and feedback

June 25

Board Approval

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