Center for Instructional Support

Curriculum Data Collection

Expanding access to high-quality, standards-aligned curricular materials can significantly improve student learning and outcomes, especially when teachers have the professional knowledge they need to make the most of those curriculum materials. In short, curriculum matters.

Given curriculum's importance, DESE wants to know which curricula districts are using. We have heard from districts that knowing which curricular materials other districts are using would be helpful to them, too, allowing them to:

  • learn from each other, especially from those further along in implementation,
  • collaborate with others using the same materials, and
  • be better informed when selecting new materials.

This data will also help DESE provide more curriculum-specific support.

DESE collects data on the curricula districts are using for K–8 ELA/literacy, K–12 math, and 6–8 science. Questions and answers about the collection is available. Districts will report the data using the application called Curriculum Data Collection in the Security Portal. We are focusing on the curricula used for the majority of instruction across all classrooms in a school or district. We will collect the product name and publisher or, if applicable, whether the district developed the materials. We will also collect the grades in which the materials are used and whether teachers are required to use them. Districts may also report materials that they are piloting and other supplemental materials, but this is not required.

Prior to reporting, superintendents should decide who in their district will enter this information in the Security Portal. These individuals should know the curricular materials the district is using. The individual will be assigned the role of Curriculum Data Collection User.

Step-by-step directions to use the application is available.

An internal worksheet is available for districts to use to collect information prior to entering the data into the application. This worksheet is not required.

If you have any questions, please email Craig Waterman .

Last Updated: April 13, 2022

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