Maryland has launched a broad-based, year-long process to revise its curriculum to align with the new Common Core State Standards. View the new standards:
Science MSA Data is now live with graphed data results for every school and district and supporting resources that include print summary reports, tutorials on how to read and interpret MSA graphs and links to other science resources.
New 2010 MSA reading and mathematics data is now online with tutorials and benchmarking results. Elementary and Middle school AYP results are also availalbe.
The Maryland State Board of Education acted on the superintendent’s request to rename the Voluntary State Curriculum as the State Curriculum and granted permission to publish revised COMAR language for each of the affected curricular areas at the July board meeting. The request was supported by the following rationale: “Because the Voluntary State curriculum and the state assessment system de facto create a required set of skills and knowledge for all students, the name should be changed from the Voluntary State Curriculum to the State Curriculum. http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/index.html
The Public Release Items are now available in the Science State Curricuum Toolkit. By clicking on a specific grade level under the science standards, you can see which objectives have a PR item.
|view THE TOOLS FOR EACH SCIENCE STANDARD:|
|1.0 Skills and Processes||4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8|
|2.0 Earth/Space Science||4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8|
|3.0 Life Science||4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8|
|4.0 Chemistry||4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8|
|5.0 Physics||4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8|
|6.0 Environmental Science||4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8|
New resources have been added to the Reading Toolkit including a new clarification tool that illustrates how a teacher might teach a specific objective in the classroom. Click on the link below to see an example of how to teach the following objective: "Identify and describe the setting and the mood and explain how the setting affects the characters and the mood". http://mdk12.org/instruction/clarification/reading/grade5/3A3c.html
The Classroom-Focused Improvement Process (CFIP) is a six-step process for increasing student achievement that is planned and carried out by teachers meeting in grade level, content, or vertical teams as a part of their regular lesson planning cycle. This online introduction includes a video overview, a guided process, and worksheets for conducting the process. http://mdk12.org/process/cfip/index.html
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