Data Driven Curriculum

Curriculum mapping is one powerful way to sharpen teachers' curriculum-design and teaching skills while promoting collaboration across subjects and grade levels. Curriculum mapping enables every person involved in this educational process—students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others—to have an overview of what we teach.

A dynamic and data-driven model of learning, curriculum mapping can replace the often unused curriculum currently used by teachers. It allows for collaborations between teachers from different subject areas. Curriculum maps are valuable planning tools for teachers, helping them to begin with the end in mind and chart a course for the year.

  • The use of data from curriculum, instruction and assessment to inform decisions that will lead to improving student achievement.
  • Decisions for change are based on careful analysis of data that takes place in the moment as well as over time. When reviewing and revising the curriculum, we turn to our data from instruction and assessment.
  • Curriculum mapping is not planning, but rather reporting and revealing the true operational curriculum that actually takes place.
  • Mapping is all about reality. If the maps we create are going to help us improve teaching and learning, we need to have an accurate picture of what we are all doing.
  • Curriculum mapping program should
    • Create an efficient data organizing system for curriculum development
    • Easy to develop, modify and analyse data
    • Encourage collaboration, better communication and feedback from teachers
    • Teachers work together to make changes
    • Provide teachers with specific standards for curriculum development, assessment, and instruction
    • Provide an array of tools for measuring, analyzing, and organizing curriculum data
    • Make it easy to understand how specific learning modules were contributing to student performance
    • Align curriculum so that all students could reach their full potential
    • Allow more control over assessments
    • Reduce paper based curriculum and reports
    • All teachers could learn and begin using immediately
    • Data collection is made much simpler and more efficient
    • Aligning curriculum with state standards
    • It is important to get the teachers on 'board' and understand its 'value' for the process to succeed
    • Teachers need to be provided with necessary training and time
    • allows educators to review the curriculum to check for unnecessary redundancies, inconsistencies, misalignments, weaknesses, and gaps
    • documents the relationships between the required components of the curriculum and the intended student learning outcomes
    • helps identify opportunities for integration among disciplines
    • provides a review of assessment methods
    • identifies what students have learned, allowing educators to focus on building on previous knowledge.
  • Curriculum maps provide an overview of:
    • the understandings and overarching goals
    • the standards-based essential skills and concepts
    • the methods of assessment that the teacher and students
    • the major content resources
  • Curriculum Maps can be used to
    • Determine what is taught, as it actually occurs in the classroom.
    • Understand how students are being taught.
    • Make appropriate, immediate modifications to the curriculum.
    • Determine "why" certain performance results have been achieved.
    • Identify and fill content gaps
    • Identify and address any repetition
    • Ensure that the curriculum satisfy state standards
    • Identify areas for vertical alignment
    • Identify areas for interdisciplinary unit development
    • Is the pacing of the content appropriate?
    • Ensure the appropriateness of the pacing and depth of content
  • It also include:
    • the unit’s theme, essential question(s), and enduring understandings
    • more detailed notes on the formative and summative assessments to be used throughout the unit
    • the strategies and best practices used to explicitly teach the standards-based essential skills and concepts
    • a list of the multi-genre resources that will be used throughout the unit.
Curriculum mapping usually reveals repetition or gaps in the curriculum. It also helps to determine whether what learning has actually taken place.
It is essential that all teachers be involved in Curriculum mapping, as this will promotes adherence to it and encourage a team approach to promote the learning of all students in all disciplines. To access the success of the process, there must be a method established to integrate it with other data collected e.g. national literacy assessments reports
Data-driven analysis is the main benefit of mapping. Ideally, a computer database would help teachers and administrators establish and assess meaningful activities and programs in a timely and efficient way.