CCSS Quality Review

Evaluating CCSS Resources

  • Evaluating CCSS Resources

    In order to ensure that the resources we are utilizing align with the practices required for instruction and learning in the CCSS and the NGSS, the following rubrics should be used to evaluate lessons, units, textbooks and curricula material both provided by publishers and on the web.

    In many cases, more than one rubric set is necessary to provide the multiple lenses necessary to ensure that the materials we utilize meet the depth of knowledge of the standards and provide the supports necessary to allow all students to meet standards. We also want to ensure that the materials chosen provide teachers the  resources and tools to meet the instructional demands required of the standards.

    The EQuIP Rubrics should be used for:

    • Guiding the development of lessons and units;
    • Evaluating existing lessons and units to identify improvements needed to align with the CCSS;
    • Building the capacity of teachers to gain a deeper understanding of the instructional demands of the CCSS; and,
    • Informing publishers of the criteria that will be applied in the evaluation of proposals and final products.

    The Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool (IMET) should be used for:

    • Informing decisions about purchasing a comprehensive textbook or textbook series;
    • Evaluating previously purchased materials to identify necessary modifications;
    • Building the capacity of educators to better understand what CCSS-aligned textbooks look like; and,
    • Informing publishers of the criteria that consumers will use to evaluate RFP responses for a comprehensive textbook or textbook series.

OER Rubric

  • Achieve OER rubric

    The Achieve OER rubrics represent an evaluation system for objects found within Open Education Resources. An object could include images,applets, lessons, units, assessments and more. For the purpose of this evaluation, any component that can exist as a stand-alone qualifies as an object. The rubrics in this packet can be applied across content areas and object types. In general, the rubrics should be applied to the smallest meaningful unit.In some cases, this may be a single lesson or instructional support material,while in others it might be a complete unit of study or set of support materials.If multiple lessons are included in an OER, the reviewer needs to determine if all lessons will be examined, if only those lessons that deal with essential aspects of the curriculum are to be considered, or if it would be best to evaluate random lessons, looking at, for example, every third or fifth lesson.