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 curricular materials. In short, curriculum matters.
Given curriculum's importance, DESE wants to know which curricula districts are using. In addition to obtaining data that will help us provide more curriculum-specific support, curriculum data collection also supports partnerships across LEAs that have reached out to DESE to express a want to know which curricula districts are using because it would allow them to:
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. LEAs will report the data using the application called Curriculum Data Collection in the Security Portal. We are focusing on the core curricula used for the majority of instruction across all classrooms in a school, district, charter, or collaborative. Core curricular materials are comprehensive print or digital materials that are designed to cover all the knowledge, skills, and practices outlined in the college- and career-ready standards for the content area. They are intended for use as the standalone primary instructional materials through which all students access grade-level content standards during a year or semester of study, to support coherent sequence and progression of grade-appropriate knowledge, skills, and practices.
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.
If you have any questions, please email Craig Waterman .
Last Updated: October 5, 2023
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