Curriculum Vetting Schedule 

All local school systems in Maryland are required to have the instructional programming for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics courses aligned to the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards. In order to verify alignment to standards, each local school system curriculum will be reviewed under the requirements set by the:

 

1) Maryland Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan;  or

 

2) Revised Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) for English Language Arts and mathematics instructional programs.

Specifically, all local school systems identified for comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) under the Maryland Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan were required to use English Language Arts and mathematics curriculum that has been vetted by the MSDE. The first cohort of CSI schools had curriculum vetted in November 2019. Completed reports are available for review. 

Code of Maryland Regulation (COMAR) 13A.04.14 requires that local school systems implement curriculum that aligns with the English Language Arts/Literacy Maryland College and Career Ready StandardsCode of Maryland Regulation (COMAR) 13A.04.12 requires that local school systems implement curriculum that aligns with the mathematics Maryland College and Career Ready Standards

Curriculum Vetting Schedule by Local School System

Refer to the charts below for more information about the completed, current, and ongoing curriculum vetting schedule for each local school system (LSS) in Maryland. Table 1 details the local school systems and curricula that were vetted under the Maryland Every Student Succeeds Act Consolidated State Plan (ESSA). Table 2 shows school systems that are being evaluated under COMAR currently or are already completed. Once vetting is completed, final evaluation reports are available on the Completed Curriculum Vetting Reports page. Future scheduled vetting is detailed in Table 3, but please note these dates are tentative.  

Table 1: School Systems with Schools Identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement Under ESSA (2019-2020)

Table 2: School Systems Identified for Vetting (2020-2021)

Table 3: School Systems Identified for Vetting (2022-2026)

Certifying Alignment to Standards

Under the revised COMAR (13A.04.12.02 and 13A.04.14.02), each local superintendent of schools or chief executive officer will certify to the State Superintendent of Schools that the instructional programming for mathematics and English language arts courses align to the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards. Local school systems have three options for how to meet this requirement, as shown in Option 1, Option 2, or Option 3.

Option 1

A Maryland State Department of Education curriculum vetting report demonstrates that reviewed curricula has earned an acceptable rating.

For local school systems selecting Option 1, the schedule for vetting can be found in Table 1. 

Option 2

A curriculum vetting report produced by a nationally recognized external party demonstrates alignment to the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.

Option 3

Documentation of national ratings of alignment to Maryland College and Career Ready Standards and Tier I (strong) or Tier 2(moderate) evidence under the Every Student Succeeds Act, for all third-party curricula and curriculum support materials.

The Office of Leadership Development and
School Improvement
Maryland State Department of Education

200 W. Baltimore St. Baltimore, MD. 

Assistant State Superintendent,

tiara.booker-dwyer@maryland.gov 

The mission of the Office of Leadership Development and School Improvement is to provide leadership, support, and technical assistance to local school systems to improve school performance and foster the development, growth, and retention of effective leaders. 

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Updated: November 16, 2020