Evidence-Based Curricular Resources

The Office of Research and the Division of Curriculum, Instructional Improvement, and Professional Learning have compiled a review of English language arts and mathematics curricular resources. The purpose of this review is to support local school systems leaders in identifying resources that are aligned to standards and supported by evidence. 

Ratings are captured from two national education research clearinghouses: What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) and Evidence for ESSA. The ratings are organized into grade band and content area charts (see below for each chart) showing the name of the program or curricular material, publisher, ESSA evidence level, EdReports alignment rating, and links to the program or curricular material being evaluated. EdReports ratings were developed by classroom, district, and state educators as guidance on how well a program or curriculum aligns to standards and reflect the instructional shifts necessary for standards to be taught in the classroom. 

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) supports the use of evidence-based resources. 

ESSA Evidence Level: For an intervention (or a program to be evidence-based, under ESSA, means it is supported by research that proved the intervention works as intended.  School systems and schools who receive federal dollars under Title I must select from interventions that demonstrate either strong (Level I), moderate (Level II), or promising evidence (Level III). Schools who seek Title II funds can implement interventions from any Level (I -IV). For more information, please visit the Evidence-Based FAQ page. 

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews existing research on different programs, products, practices, and policies so educators can make evidence-based decisions.

The ESSA Alignment with Evidence-Based Clearinghouses chart (left) interprets ratings from What Works Clearinghouse and EdReports as they relate to one of the four levels of evidence under the the Every Student Succeeds Act. It can be downloaded and used in conjunction with each of the content area/gradeband charts below. 

a link to EdReports website

EdReports draws upon expert educators to review instructional materials to identify alignment to Common Core Standards.

Mathematics Curricula and Programs: Elementary K- 5th grade

Mathematics Curricula and Programs: Middle 6th-8th grade

Mathematics Curricula and Programs: High 9th-12th grade

English Language Arts Curricula and Programs: Elementary K- 5th grade

English Language Arts Curricula and Programs: Middle 6th-8th grade

English Language Arts Curricula and Programs: High 9th-12th grade

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 12, 2019