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INFORMATIONAL LETTER:   76

POLICY CODE:   KCBA/KCBB/IG

TO:                   Superintendents of Schools, Assistant Superintendents, and Curriculum Coordinators (Please forward to Mathematics and Science Department Chairs or Instructional Leaders)

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             January 11, 2005

RE:                  Surveys of Enacted Curriculum

Maine Surveys of Enacted Curriculum

All school districts in the state of Maine have a unique opportunity to collect information about their mathematics and science classroom practices, instructional strategies, and professional development by participating in the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC).   SEC provides teachers, schools and districts with a detailed set of indicators that can support reflection on their instructional strategies and to inform curriculum planning. This is an online survey allowing for immediate data use after completion of the survey.

What is SEC?

Surveys of Enacted Curriculum is a set of surveys intended to collect and report data on the enacted mathematics, science and English language arts (ELA) curriculum (the actual content taught).   The survey tools are designed to provide your school district with reliable, comprehensive data to assist teachers, administrators and policy makers with planning for instructional improvement.  

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) and The Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) are partnering with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to offer the Maine Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC), a survey, data collection, and analysis tool, to Maine schools. The mathematics and science parts are open to all districts this year while the ELA part is being piloted in just five districts to be ready for a more complete administration next year. There is no cost for participation.

Why Participate?

            You will have valuable data that will help you:

The SEC was first implemented in Maine during the 2003-2004 school year, with over 800 K-12 teachers of mathematics and science from 26 districts.   The goal for the 2004-2005 phase of the project is to have an even larger number of districts participate, allowing for better district comparison data.  It is best if the whole district commits, as opposed to a single teacher or school. The completion of the SEC involves the commitment of at least one hour for each teacher of math and science in the district. Orientation sessions for the Maine 2004-2005 SEC project begin in February, 2005 and are scheduled from 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. at the following locations:

How Do I Learn More?

Please attend an orientation session.  These sessions are focused on learning more about the Maine SEC project, taking part in the online survey, learning the process and choosing a date for conducting your online survey for the school’s/district’s mathematics and science teachers, and learning about next steps.   If you would like to be a part of the Maine SEC project, contact Debra McIntyre at dmcintyre@mmsa.org or 207-236-8345.   Online registration information, with more specific information about locations, is also available on www.mmsa.org