Measuring Quality: Curricula

An evidence-based, integrated, and comprehensive curriculum is essential for promoting children's learning.

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Reviewing Curricula That Promote High-Quality Learning

When an evidence-based, integrated, and comprehensive curriculum is implemented effectively, it is an essential tool for promoting child learning and development. A high-quality curriculum makes it easier and more efficient for teachers to engage in sensitive, responsive, and cognitively stimulating instructional interactions.

As part of AEII’s initiative, the Virginia Department of Education has collaborated with the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at UVA to develop a process for vetting curricula that meet the criteria for providing a high-quality learning experience. Criteria include components such as whether or not there is evidence that the curriculum is grounded in sound, child development principles, whether or not it includes an organized scope and sequence, the presence of guidelines for differentiating instruction for children with unique needs, and offerings for continued curriculum-specific professional development.


Timeline for Use of Vetted Curriculum

Starting in 2019-2020 all participating divisions or communities must either be:

  • Already using an vetted curriculum in VPI classrooms.
  • In the process of having their current curricular materials reviewed.
  • Planning to use an vetted curriculum no later than the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Preschool Curricula


  • Big Day for PreK (retired)
  • Creative Curriculum
  • Frog Street Pre-K
  • High Scope
  • Opening the World of Learning (OWL; retired)
  • Tools of the Mind
  • Fairfax County Public Schools Pre-K Curriculum
  • KinderCare
  • InvestiGator Club
  • STREAMin3
  • Blueprint

In the Process of Being Vetted

  • None at the moment

Reviewing Your Program's Curriculum

If your program’s curriculum is not on the list or if you would like your program’s curriculum to be reviewed, please contact Tamilah Richardson at the Virginia Department of Education. Programs may request that their curriculum be vetted to determine if it meets the required criteria.

Additional Questions?

If you have additional questions about how to purchase a curriculum, which classrooms are required to implement a vetted curriculum, or what kinds of training and support are available, please download our state VPI FAQ guide for more details.