An Update on Curriculum Review
In case you missed it, Chief Academic Officer Maria Navarro sent an email to staff on Friday, Nov. 2, providing an update on the evaluation and selection of new curricular materials.
Dear MCPS Community:
I am writing to provide you with an update on the evaluation and selection of new curricular and instructional materials for K–8 English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics, including Algebra 1. As we shared in an August message, we reissued the Request for Proposal (RFP) on August 20, 2018. We received 33 submissions and are in the initial stage of reviewing proposals.
Proposal Review Team
We have identified a team of 118 staff members—48 teachers, two paraeducators, 19 school-based content specialists, 29 instructional specialists, 13 school-based administrators and seven central office administrators—who are content experts in math, ELA, equity and special education. The team is responsible for:
- Reading and evaluating proposals,
- Evaluating vendor finalists’ demonstrations, and
- Recommending curriculum vendors to MCPS leadership for final selection.
As the review team works through the process of selecting finalists, there will be two opportunities to learn more about the vendors and the proposed curricular materials for the district.
- The first will be attending the vendor presentations in mid-November. Approximately 300 invited community stakeholders—210 school-based personnel, 25 parent and community organization representatives, 20 students and 45 central services staff—will attend and provide feedback on the in-person presentations of the products recommended by the review team.
- The second opportunity is reviewing and providing feedback on an online presentation of the recommended products. The presentation will be available to all members of the community. Instructions for accessing the online presentations will be provided in the next couple of weeks.
Over the past several months, schools have engaged in a collaborative process with stakeholders to determine interest and investment in participating in the first cohort of schools. As a result, 77 elementary schools, 22 middle schools and 11 high schools will be implementing the new instructional materials next year. Those schools not implementing the new curriculum will continue to receive high-quality and engaging instruction aligned to the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards.
Please visit our website for regular updates on the curriculum selection process.
Maria V. Navarro, Ed.D.
Chief Academic Officer