ERIC Number: ED484708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Surveys of Enacted Curriculum: Tools and Services to Assist Educators
Blank, Rolf K.
Council of Chief State School Officers
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) partnered with Andrew Porter and John Smithson of Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) to develop an advanced, in depth approach to collecting and reporting data on the "enacted curriculum" in K-12 math and science, i.e. the actual subject content and instructional practices experienced by students in classrooms. The set of tools are called the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC). They have conducted research and testing of enacted curriculum survey tools with schools and teachers. As a result, they are now able to offer the survey tools and a range of related data services to states and districts. The two organizations are collaborating with the Learning Point Associates and The Surveys of Enacted Curriculum, TERC Regional Alliance to disseminate the SEC tools and services to education systems and to assist schools, districts, and states in using these new tools for improving K-12 education. The Surveys are designed to provide reliable, comparable data that are collected at the classroom level with teachers and students. They are available for English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The SEC data analysis and reporting tools are intended to assist teachers, administrators, and policymakers with planning for instructional improvement in several ways: (1) align curriculum with standards and system-wide assessments; (2) monitor indicators of instruction and relationship to student achievement; (3) analyze differences in instruction and content across schools and classes; identify improvement strategies through school leadership teams; and (4) evaluate effects of initiatives, such as professional development, in changing math and science practices. The SEC tools and services have been developed with assistance from many educators and researchers. The data collection instruments were field-tested in several hundred schools. [Prepared by CCSSO SEC Collaborative Project which also includes partners: State Departments of Education; and Learning Point Associates.]
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Academic Standards, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Instructional Improvement, Data Collection, Surveys, Curriculum
Council of Chief State School Officers, One Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001-1431. Tel: 202-408-5505; Fax: 202-408-8072; Web site: http://www.ccsso.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; High Schools; Kindergarten; Middle Schools
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.; Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.; North Central Regional Educational Lab., Elmhurst, IL.; TERC, Cambridge, MA.