As a first grade teacher implementing the Elementary Integrated Curriculum ["School board gives preliminary nod to new elementary school curriculum guidelines," Sept. 29], I can say with authority that it is woefully incomplete. The curriculum is not ready to be used by me or my colleagues in Montgomery County Public Schools. It should come as no surprise that the EIC isn't ready to be rolled out.
MCPS and Pearson are still developing the curriculum and will be for several more years. At present, first grade teachers have no summative assessments, no new formative assessments, no standardization for grading and reporting, no differentiation of lessons, and absolutely no training on using the EIC. All six Board of Education members voted preliminary approval of the K-5 curriculum framework. The newly elected board will decide final approval in November or December. It is my hope that they will not grant that approval...
...I am only stating emphatically that teachers should not be implementing a new curriculum with no training, no assessments, and no resources. Teachers should not be setting standards, nor doing so many other things that are needed to make the EIC usable. I hope that the Board of Education will put a stop to rolling out the EIC until it is fully developed.
Helaine Cohen, Olney