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Surveys of Enacted Curriculum
The Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) is a powerful, research-based tool that collects and reports data on what content is taught and how it is taught. Designed for K–12 teachers, it provides a process for measuring:
- What is being taught to students
- How it is being taught
- What students are expected to know and be able to do based on the lessons
The SEC map what teachers say in an online survey they teach against the state content standards and assessments. The scales and maps generated by the SEC allow administrators to analyze, measure, and refine what is taught in the classroom. Analyses are presented across grade levels and schools to identify gaps and duplications in curriculum and instruction that may adversely affect student performance.
How Are the SEC Data Used?
The SEC are used as a set of data to help inform your state or district about how what is happening in the classroomthe enacted curriculumcompares to the written curriculum and the tested curriculum (including state assessments). The SEC jump-starts conversations about how to better align these three types of curricula to increase student achievement. The data collected and the results presented by the SEC can be used in various improvement efforts by the school or district. Depending on the teacher sample group, the data can be used for cross-grade articulation, school improvement planning, and professional development planning.
SEC data allow administrators to:
- See the content that is being taught in the classroom.
- Explore the extent of alignment between what is taught and the state standards.
- Better understand the instructional strategies being used in classrooms and examine how they align with best practice and research findings.
- Provide focus for conversations among professional learning communities.
- Guide professional development efforts and monitor the effects on classroom practice.
- Predict how students will perform on local and state assessments.
Who Takes the SEC?
In order to determine the extent of the curriculum alignment to state standards and assessments, a representative group of teachers from each school or district will be asked to complete the online survey. The SEC tool is not intended for teacher evaluation. Teachers' individual data remain private and confidential.
For more information, contact Jessica Johnson by e-mail or telephone (800-3536-2735).