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Welcome to the Curriculum Analysis Module (CAM) Demo

Most major content standards, including the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, English, Language Arts & Literacy are available through the SEC Online Content Library. The Next Generation Science Standards will be added soon.

The SEC content descriptions of standards provide a unique and detailed view of the content embedded in one or another standard at a given grade level.

Descriptions of instructional content are confidentially reported by teachers using either the SEC annual survey, or the new SEC-Log system that allows teachers to enter descriptions of classroom instruction throughout the year.

Using the either the regular SEC report generator or the teacher version of the CAM, teachers can compare their instructional practice to content standards in order to make informed decisions about instructional alignment. The CAM also includes an Alignment Analysis function that provides detailed alignment information.

Descriptions of assessment content are collected using the same content analysis procedures used to describe content standards. The resulting descriptions provide a detailed look at the content being assessed in terms of what students should know and be able to do.

The CAM allows the user to examine how well aligned 'what' is being assessed is to the relevant content standards and/or instruction. The CAM's Alignment Analysis function includes reporting on assessment alignment in addition to instructional alignment.

Performance descriptions provide clear indications of how well students perform on the content they are tested on (see Assessment Descriptions) and at a level of detail unmatched by other approaches to analyzing student performance.

Using the CAM you will be able to view each of these four domains of the curriculum in relation to one another. Really get a handle on how the curriculum plays out in your district or school using the SEC-CAM.

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ANATOMY OF A TILE CHART
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Select from Coarse Grain (All Topics) or Fine Grain (Topic Specific) Content.
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Each coarse-grain 'topic' identified here has several 'sub-topics' within it that can be viewed at the 'Fine Grain' level.
PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS
Topics are differentiated across five categories of performance expectations.
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Select from hundreds of standards descriptions available through the SEC Online Database. Common Core standards (in addition to many others) are available by grade-band or grade-specific levels for Mathematics, Language Arts and Literacy.

Standards for Science and Social Studies are also available. Content descriptions of the Next Generation Science Standards will be available later this year.

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CONTENT EMPHASIS
None
Less than 2.5%
2.5% - 5.0%
5.01% - 7.5%
Greater than 7.5%
ANATOMY OF A PERFORMANCE TILE CHART
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Select from Coarse Grain (All Topics) or Fine Grain (Topic Specific) Content.
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Each coarse-grain 'topic' identified here has several 'sub-topics' within it that can be viewed at the 'Fine Grain' level.
PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS
Topics are differentiated across five categories of performance expectations.
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Select from assessments that have been content analyzed and entered into the SEC Online database.

Examine all assessments across grade levels, by grade level and by specific assessment. In the teacher version of the CAM, teachers can view either "All" students or "My" students to examine student proficiencies by topic (or sub-topic) and performance expectation.

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PERCENT CORRECT
Not Assessed
Less than 50% < 2.5% of Assessed Content
50% - 75% < 5% of Assessed Content
75% - 85% < 7.5% of Assessed Content
Greater than 85% > 7.5% of Assessed Content
ANATOMY OF AN ALIGNMENT TABLE
Balance:

How does the amount of instructional time spent in one or another topic area compare to the content emphasized by the alignment target?

Results are reported as a proportion of instructional time. A positive number indicates that instruction over-emphasizes time on that content compared to the relevant content standard. A negative number indicates under-emphasis of instruction relative to the content standard. Differences between instruction and the selected content standards that are greater than plus (+) or minus (-) 5% is highlighted in pink to indicate further examination may be warranted.

Content balance is an indicator measure intended to inform instructional decisions, however what represents an appropriate 'balance' is a professional decision, and perfect balance (0.00 for all topic areas) is not the goal. Nonetheless these balance measures help provide information to inform those decisions.

ANATOMY OF AN ALIGNMENT TABLE
Topic Coverage:

When Basic Algebra (or any other topic area) is being taught, how well aligned are the specific sub-topics within that topic area to the selected academic content standards?

Results are reported as an alignment index with a range of 0 to 1. The closer to 1.0 that the index gets, the higher the alignment of instructional (or assessed) content is to the selected standards.

As with balance, there is no 'perfect' score for coverage. Alignment will vary from class to class based on the needs of the students in a given class. However, in general, an alignment index of 0.50 or higher for a given topic area is considered reasonably good alignment.

The summary measure at the bottom of the table provides a summary measure for Topic Coverage across all topic areas. Coverage measures for a given topic area that are below the summary measure are highlighted in pink to indicate further examination may be warranted.

ANATOMY OF AN ALIGNMENT TABLE
Cognitive Complexity (Depth):

To what extent does instruction (or assessment) reflect the appropriate emphasis across categories of cognitive demand, or performance expectations for a given topic area?

Results are reported as an alignment index with a range of 0 to 1. The closer to 1.0 that the index gets, the higher the alignment of instructional (or assessed) content is to the selected standards.

As with balance, there is no 'perfect' score for depth. Alignment will vary from class to class based on the needs of the students in a given class. However, in general, an alignment index of 0.50 or higher for a given topic area is considered reasonably good alignment.

The summary measure at the bottom of the table provides a summary measure for Cognitive Complexity across all topic areas. Coverage measures for a given topic area that are below the summary measure are highlighted in pink to indicate further examination may be warranted.

ANATOMY OF AN ALIGNMENT TABLE
Alignment Index (AI):

The alignment index provides a summary measure that takes into account all three alignment characteristics (Balance, Coverage, Depth).

Results are reported as an alignment index with a range of 0 to 1. The closer to 1.0 that the index gets, the higher the alignment of instructional (or assessed) content is to the selected standards.

The summary measure at the bottom of the table provides a 'summary or summaries' for alignment across all topic areas. Any AI measures for a given topic area that are below the summary measure are highlighted in pink to indicate further examination may be warranted.



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