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Divisions > Curriculum, Assessment & Accountability

The Division of Curriculum, Assessment & Accountability provides leadership and management to ensure that the policies and priorities of the State Board of Education and State Superintendent are effectively implemented in the areas of curriculum, assessment, teacher professional development and instructional programs.

In Focus
Results of the 2015 Science and Social Studies Surveys

The Division of Curriculum, Assessment & Accountability manages State and federal legislative requirements to ensure clarity and efficient program alignment for MSDE, local school systems, and the public. The Division of Curriculum, Assessment & Accountability collaborates on issues related to school improvement with the Divisions of Special Education/Early Intervention, Career and College Readiness, Leadership Development, Certification and Accreditation, and Student and School Services. Additionally, the Division of Curriculum, Assessment & Accountability makes recommendations to the State Superintendent and State Board of Education regarding pre-kindergarten through grade 12 programs in Athletics, English Language Learners, Fine Arts, Gifted and Talented, Health, Instructional Technology, Mathematics, Physical Education, Reading/English Language Arts, School Library/Media, Science, Social Studies, STEM Education and World Languages.


Curriculum and Related Professional Development (Heather Lageman, heather.lageman@maryland.gov, 410-767-0348)   The Curriculum Team coordinates the implementation of the State Curriculum for Reading/English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, STEM Education, Environmental EducationHealth Education and Physical Education, for Kindergarten through grade 12.  With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in June 2010 by the Maryland State Board of Education, the Curriculum Team is coordinating the transition from the State Curriculum to the Maryland Common Core State Curriculum.  The Maryland Common Core State Curriculum will include the new Common Core State Standards and accompanying instructional tools for teachers and students.  In addition, this team provides leadership, coordination, and alignment of professional learning opportunities for teachers.

Instructional Assessment and Professional Development (Cecilia Roe, cecilia.roe@maryland.gov, 410-767-0574)  The Instructional Assessment and Professional Development unit ensures alignment and coordination between Maryland’s standards and state assessment programs.  In addition, this unit provides leadership, coordination, and alignment of professional learning opportunities for teachers.  Finally, the Instructional Assessment and Professional Development Branch has primary responsibility for the design and implementation of all aspects of the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation.

This unit administers the following federal programs articulated in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB):

Instructional Technology and School Library Media Program  (Val Emrich, valerie.emrich@maryland.gov, 410-767-0382)   The Instructional Technology and School Library Media Program (ITSLM) provides leadership, coordination, and support in the implementation of the Maryland Educational Technology Plan for the new millennium: 2007-2012. The office collaborates with local school systems, institutions of higher education and other organizations to increase the integration of technology into instruction in all schools and to implement the Standards for School Library Media Programs in Maryland for the development of quality library media programs statewide.

The office leads virtual learning in Maryland through the Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities Program, the HSA Online Course Project, Online Professional Development, and the Learning Object Reporsitory Project.

In addition, ITSLM administers the School Library Media Annual Report and oversees local school systems’ technology plans as well as their compliance with Education Article 7-910 of the Public Schools – Technology for Education Act (equivalent access for students with disabilities).

Instructional Programs and Related Professional Development  (Susan Spinnato, susan.spinnato@maryland.gov, 410-767-0349 )   The Instructional Programs Branch coordinates legislative projects across the Division of Instruction and represents DOI on interdepartmental projects and initiatives in the Department of Education such as the Bridge to Excellence (BTE) Master Plan process. 

This branch administers the following federal program articulated in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB):

  • Title III, Part A:  English Language Acquisition, Language enhancement, & Academic Achievement  - Provides Federal financial support to state and local educational agencies to supplement English language instruction in order to ensure that all ELL's, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic language proficiency in English, and meet the same challenging State academic achievement standards as all Maryland students are expected to meet.

In addition, this unit is responsible for the following instructional programs: 





Contact Information
Henry R. Johnson, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0316
Email:  henry.johnson@maryland.gov
Sheila Cox, Executive Associate
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0316
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