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CUrriculum RAtings by TEachers (CURATE): Our Process

CUrriculum RAtings by TEachers (CURATE)


1. PUBLISHER REQUESTS REVIEW
CURATE begins when a publisher submits their curricular materials to DESE for review. The submission includes responses to specific prompts related to program features and design, efforts to represent diversity, sample materials, and any available evidence of quality.

2. DESE GATHERS EVIDENCE
CURATE relies on three main sources of evidence:
1. A comprehensive review of the materials' alignment to college- and career-ready standards, usually from EdReports.
2. Feedback from Massachusetts educators who use the materials, usually in the form of survey data and focus group transcripts.
3. Information submitted directly by the publisher, including sample materials.

3. CURATE FELLOWS DELIBERATE
CURATE Fellows are current Massachusetts teachers. They review the available evidence independently and then come together as a panel to reach consensus using the CURATE rubric (http://www.doe.mass.edu/instruction/curate/resources.html). Fellows document the specific evidence they use to rate each indicator of the rubric. This step often involves requesting additional information from publishers and teachers using the materials.

4. DRAFT REPORT IS ASSEMBLED
Developing a draft CURATE report is a group effort between CURATE Fellows, DESE, and the Rennie Center. The Rennie Center compiles fellows' evidence into the report template. DESE reviews for consistency and completeness. Fellows then review to make sure the draft accurately reflects their conversations and conclusions.

5. PUBLISHER RESPONDS
Once the CURATE Fellows sign off on the draft report, DESE shares it with the publisher. This step serves two purposes: (1) it ensures that factual inaccuracies about the materials are addressed before the report is publicly released and (2) it gives publishers time to prepare a written response to the report that is included with it upon release.

6. CURATE REPORT FINALIZED
After the publisher responds, DESE sometimes needs to reconvene the CURATE panel to determine whether changes to the report are necessary. Once the CURATE Fellows confirm the report is final, it is released on the DESE website (http://www.doe.mass.edu/instruction/curate/) to help districts make great decisions about curricular materials.

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