Curriculum Review

MCPS has a longstanding history of designing and implementing instructional materials that challenge students, empower educators, and narrow achievement gaps. Curriculum 2.0 was one of the earliest curricula developed in the Common Core era. The curricular landscape has changed since then; research on the effects of standards is significant; new instructional models have entered the market.

On March 22, 2018, the Board of Education received a report of the findings for the curriculum review conducted, as mandated by the curriculum policy to occur every five years. The review focused on the written, taught and learned curriculum for grades Kindergarten through Grade 8, in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. The recommendations included the purchase of externally developed curricular and instructional materials which offer strong advantages in terms of readily available materials for struggling or advanced students, as well as various resources for special needs and English Language Learners.

As MCPS transitions away from Curriculum 2.0 toward an externally purchased curriculum, stakeholder feedback will be an important consideration. This transition will take place over a multiyear period to ensure effective implementation and support to schools. This site includes information on the curriculum review, the central office and school timelines and frequently asked questions.