Pennsylvania school districts will be interested to know that the PA Department of Education is unveiling a Curriculum Mapping tool – free – as part of the Standards Aligned System (SAS). I was able to start using the CM tool last week in Harrisburg and it is comparable to many of the commercial products on the market (Rubicon Atlas, OnHand Schools, Performance Pathways, etc.). While all the bugs are still not worked out, it’s pretty user friendly and highly customizable. The Curriculum Mapping tool was developed to provide PA districts equity in access and resources. Many schools that have never had access to this type of tool will now be able to effectively work on curriculum development. Schools already using a pricy tool might want to consider the cost benefits of switching over.
More than likely PDE will be rolling this out through local Intermediate Units, so stay tuned.