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Tool Name
Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC)

Evaluation Type
Teacher Self-Report Measures

Subject
Mathematics specific
Language Arts specific
Science specific

Grade
All Grades

Use of Evaluation
Formative
Summative

URL
www.secsurvey.org  

Developer
This product was developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

Product Description
Through the SEC, teachers report what they are doing in classrooms in terms of subject coverage, length of time spent on topics, and cognitive depth covered. Using aggregated information from several teachers, district and school administrators can identify the extent to which teacher instruction aligns with state standards and state assessments. This assessment also includes an expert content analysis of state standards.

General Target Population Information
This product was designed for Grades K–12 mathematics, science, and language arts teachers.

Stage of Teacher Development
All Stages

Users
Currently, the SEC are in use by more than 10,000 teachers per year in more than 20 states. In 1999, a pilot study of this product was conducted with 600 teachers in Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Fostoria Community Schools of Fostoria, Ohio, are currently using the SEC.

Research and Resources

Blank, R. K. (2004). Findings on alignment of instruction using enacted curriculum data: Results from urban schools. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

Blank, R. K., Porter, A., & Smithson, J. (2001, July). New tools for analyzing teaching, curriculum and standards in mathematics and science: Results from Survey of Enacted Curriculum Project final report. Washington, DC: Council of Chief State School Officers.

Council of Chief State School Officers. (2004). Data on enacted curriculum study: Summary of findings. Washington, DC: Author.


Cost
Anyone can purchase the SEC. Local districts, researchers, or other users can contract with CCSSO or partner institution, Wisconsin Center for Education, to access the SEC, obtain data reports and alignment analyses, or receive technical assistance or professional development.

Contact Information

Carlise Smith
Council of Chief State School Officers
E-Mail: carlises@ccsso.org

John Smithson
Wisconsin Center for Education Research
E-Mail: johns@education.wisc.edu


Support Available

Most state and district users access the SEC by joining the CCSSO SEC Collaborative. Through the collaborative, users develop a plan for using the SEC including the logistics required to administer the surveys, access the surveys online (or in paper format), receive technical assistance or professional development to analyze and use the data, and conduct alignment analyses. However, anyone can purchase the SEC. Local districts, researchers, or other users can contract with CCSSO or partner institution, Wisconsin Center for Education, to access to the SEC, obtain data reports and alignment analyses, or receive technical assistance or professional development.

Carlise Smith
Council of Chief State School Officers
E-Mail: carlises@ccsso.org

John Smithson
Wisconsin Center for Education Research
E-Mail: johns@education.wisc.edu