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ERIC Number: ED539255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 68
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
Roads to Opportunity: 2010 Annual Report--Maine Course Pathways Project
Educational Policy Improvement Center (NJ1)
The Maine Department of Education (MDOE) is at the forefront of national efforts to align high school curriculum to college and career readiness standards. Embarking on a mission it calls A Personal Journey for Next Generation Learners, Maine has employed several key strategies to ensure all of its students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. In 2009, the Maine Legislature passed LD 1325, which became part of Maine Public Law Chapter 207, mandating that schools provide students multiple pathways to graduation. In response to LD 1325, the MDOE established the Maine Course Pathways (MCP) Project to provide high schools tools and technical assistance for monitoring school programs to ensure that all students have multiple opportunities to learn, practice, and demonstrate all of the MLR in each of the eight content areas. MCP, a collaboration between the MDOE and the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC), is a school-wide curriculum review, centered on the course syllabus, that leads to course pathways analyses. The goal of the MCP system is to help schools validate curriculum and academic programs while maintaining local control over the content and sequencing of courses. This report begins with a detailed description of the MCP system, followed by an overview of pilot implementation to date. Data are presented on school participation and the results of the 2009-2010 syllabus reviews. The report concludes with a discussion of the lessons learned during the pilots, as well as recommendations for improving the effective implementation of MCP and the quality of teachers' syllabi. Appended are: (1) Participants by Pilot Year; (2) Rationale Statements; and (3) Components Review Summary. (Contains 8 figures, 8 tables, and 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC)
Identifiers - Location: Maine