A Renewed Vision for MCPS Instructional Materials

MCPS has resumed its curricular and instructional materials selection process. In preparation of this effort, we have been meeting with and receiving feedback from a wide range of stakeholders to help refine the process and apply key learnings from the initial phase that took place earlier this year. The evaluation and selection of new curricular and instructional materials for K-8 English language arts (ELA) and mathematics, and high school Algebra 1 begins with an RFP (Request for Proposal) which was issued on August 20, 2018.

MCPS is engaging in this process to acquire the most innovative curriculum that will help the district develop instructional strategies that support every learner in every classroom; create high levels of student interaction with rigorous and complex text; and establish deep levels of mathematical understanding aligned to grade-level standards. Additionally, the RFP now includes the following key revisions based on the feedback received from a wide range of stakeholders including parents, community partners, students, teachers, administrators and staff:

  • Clearer expectations for professional development before, during and after rollout.
  • More explicit language to address the needs for special populations (advanced learners, students receiving special education services, and English Language Learners).
  • Inclusion of tools to engage parents in new and innovative ways.
  • A materials summary that clearly outlines scope and sequence that dives deep into concepts and builds on prior knowledge.

Date

Action

August 2018

Release RFP

October-November 2018

Evaluation and Selection of Finalists

November 2018

Vendor finalist presentation to stakeholder and community groups

December 2018

Finalize recommendations

January 2019

Proposal for adoption by the Board of Education

Read the full message from Dr. Maria V. Navarro, MCPS Chief Academic Officer

Request for Proposal (RFP) issued August 20, 2018

Submit your questions about the project, the process or concerns you may have


Research Findings and Supporting Documents

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.