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THE TOP TEN LIST TEN EVALUATION “FINDINGS” THAT ILLUMINATE IMPORTANT REALITIES OF CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION (HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE). Inverness Research Associates AUGUST 2001. NUMBER 10. MOST SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS ARE SATISFIED WITH THEIR CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL MATH

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THE TOP TEN LIST TEN EVALUATION “FINDINGS” THAT ILLUMINATE IMPORTANT REALITIES OF CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION (HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE)

Inverness Research Associates

AUGUST 2001

number 10
NUMBER 10
  • MOST SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTSARE SATISFIED WITH THEIRCURRENT HIGH SCHOOL MATH

AND SCIENCE PROGRAMS

number 9
NUMBER 9
  • THERE IS NOT STRONG

AGREEMENT ABOUT THE NATURE OR

DIRECTION OF CHANGE THAT IS

NEEDED IN HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE

number 8
NUMBER 8
  • THERE IS A MINORITY GROUP OF SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS THAT HAVE A STRONG INTEREST IN CHANGING HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS TEXTS AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
number 7
NUMBER 7
  • INCREMENTAL CHANGE IS SEEN

AS MORE LIKELY THAN WHOLE-SCALE COURSE OR PROGRAM CHANGE

number 6
NUMBER 6
  • SELECTING CURRICULUM IS A COMPLEX POLITICAL PROCESS
number 5
NUMBER 5
  • THERE ARE TRADE-OFFS TO CONSIDER BETWEEN INNOVATIVENESS AND

WIDESPREAD USAGE

WHEN SELECTING SPECIFIC CURRICULA

developer s choices
DEVELOPER’S CHOICES
  • DIMENSIONS AND DEGREE AND NATURE OF INNOVATION
    • TOPICS/COVERAGE
    • INQUIRY
    • CONTEXTUALIZATION
    • TECHNOLOGY
    • INTEGRATION
    • ASSESSMENT
    • STRUCTURE/APPROACH
number 4
NUMBER 4
  • THERE ARE ALSO TRADE-OFFS TO CONSIDER BETWEEN INNOVATIVENESS, USAGE, AND FIDELITY TO DESIGN
number 3
NUMBER 3
  • CURRICULUM “IMPLEMENTATION” IS A PROCESS REQUIRING LONG-TERM STEADY WORK
the nature and stages of curricular work
The Nature and Stages of Curricular Work

High Fidelity and High Quality Usage of Materials

System support for and wide Spread Usage of Materials

Increasing cost, complexity,time, expertise

Selection and Adoption of Materials

Awareness of and Interest in Materials

Development of High Quality Materials

number 2
NUMBER 2
  • WELL-DESIGNED CURRICULUM IS A NECESSARY…BUT NOT SUFFICIENT CONDITION FOR ACHIEVING HIGH QUALITY INSTRUCTION…
the foundations of student achievement
The Foundations of Student Achievement

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

HIGH QUALITY INSTRUCTION

INSTRUCTIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

IMPROVEMENT INFRASTRUCTURE

the instructional infrastructure
The Instructional Infrastructure

Well – Designed

Curriculum and

Instructional

Materials

Competent

And

Well-prepared

Teachers

Appropriate,

Well-designed

Assessments

Supportive

Policies

Safe and

Sane

Environment

Financial

Support

the requisite curricular capacities of schools and districts
The Requisite Curricular Capacities of Schools and Districts
  • Vision
    • Of teaching and learning
    • Of “curriculum”
    • Of a curricular change process
  • Leadership Expertise
    • in math/science
    • In curricular implementation
    • In all aspects of reform
  • Materials and Resources
  • Professional Development Capacities
  • Finances
  • Support Systems
number 1
NUMBER 1
  • THE DRIVING VISION AND MOTIVATION FOR CURRICULAR REFORM…

MUST RESIDE IN A DEEP PERSONAL COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING FOR ALL STUDENTS…

THE QUALITY OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MATHEMATICS…