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Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs (OCIP)


Who We Are

The mission of the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs (OCIP) in the Office of the Chief Academic Officer (OCAO) is to lead the development and implementation of high-quality curriculum, instructional programs, professional learning, and services that promote academic excellence for all students with a focus on improving teaching and learning, and ensuring all students have equitable access to readiness for college, career, and community.

What We Do

OCIP comprises the Department of Pre-K—12 Curriculum and Districtwide Programs (DPK12CDP), the Department of College and Career Readiness and Districtwide Programs (DCCRDP), and the Department of English Learners and Multilingual Education (DELME). The three departments in OCIP are structured to strategically support schools and to provide innovative curriculum, instructional programs, and services that promote academic excellence. The departments are responsible for grant-funded programs, school choice processes, college and career readiness initiatives, and curriculum and program development and implementation.

News and Announcements

Free Resource to Help Students Improve Reading and Spelling Skills

We are pleased to share an exciting opportunity for MCPS families to help children improve their reading and spelling skills. MCPS is partnering with Open Source Phonics, a free phonics resource specifically designed to help students and families practice phonics and spelling at home. Families can access a free resource page with slides and videos to show them how they can get started with using this resource to help their students practice skills. Please visit for more information.

Major responsibilities of the office include:

  • Revise the pre-K–12 curriculum to ensure alignment with Maryland standards and outcomes
  • Create formative assessment tools to monitor student progress
  • Develop reading intervention programs for identified students based on local and state assessments
  • Provide direct support to schools to facilitate effective implementation of curriculum, assessments, and instructional programs
  • Provide the leadership for the implementation of standards-based grading and reporting
  • Support the design and delivery of professional development that ensures fidelity of curriculum implementation across all schools
  • Refine instructional programs that meet the needs of diverse learners, including students with disabilities, those who are highly able, English language learners, and students who are at risk of underachievement because of poverty
  • Maintain formal links with all central offices and departments to ensure consistent delivery of curriculum and instructional programs
  • Facilitate communication with employee organizations, parents, community groups, and institutions of higher education regarding curriculum, instruction, and assessment

Contact Us

Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs

Carver Educational Services Center
850 Hungerford Drive, Room 269
Rockville, MD 20850
Fax: 301-279-3452
Phone: 240-740-3970