School Improvement in Maryland

State Curriculum

Judy Jenkins became the Director of Curriculum at the Maryland State Department of Education in October 2010. She has worked in education for over 35 years. She began her career in Talbot County, Maryland as a teacher of English. She then moved to Anne Arundel County Public Schools where she worked in many capacities: teacher, reading specialist, principal, instructional director, director of middle schools, and acting assistant superintendent for instructional services. For the last four years, Judy and her husband have been living in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was a principal of a Jewish Day School and also worked as Director of Student Learning at the Indiana Department of Education. She is delighted to be able to work with Maryland educators again.

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Judy Jenkins, Director of Curriculum

“As Maryland moves from the State Curriculum to the Maryland Common Core State Curriculum, teams of educators from around the state engaged in developing curriculum frameworks and tools that will provide all Maryland educators with the information and resources they need to insure that our children receive a world-class education. Beginning in June 2011, educators can access the draft Maryland Common Core Curriculum Framework for Mathematics and the Maryland Common Core Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts on MDK12.org. The frameworks provide educators with the first component of the Maryland Common Core State Curriculum. This year, teams of educators have been developing model units and lessons in English Language Arts, and Mathematics that align to the Common Core State Standards. At this summerís Educator Effectiveness Academy, school teams will be examining these units and lessons. During this transition, the State Curriculum documents continue to provide guidance for educators in implementing instruction aligned to current assessments.”
                   —Judy Jenkins, Director of Curriculum

The State Curriculum defines what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in these content areas:

The State Curriculum is the document that aligns the Maryland Content Standards and the Maryland Assessment Program and will be available in a number of formats for teachers, central office staff, students, parents, and the other stakeholders. The curriculum documents are formatted so that each begins with content standards or broad, measurable statements about what students should know and be able to do. Indicator statements provide the next level of specificity and begin to narrow the focus for teachers. Finally, the objectives provide teachers with very clear information about what specific learning should occur.