Toolkit for Evaluating Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core State Standards

In joint partnership, CCSSO, Achieve, and Student Achievement Partners have developed a Toolkit for Evaluating the Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core State Standards.  The Toolkit is a set of interrelated, freely available instruments for evaluating alignment to the CCSS; each tool in the Toolkit supports the expectations in the CCSS and derives from the Publishers' Criteria for the Common Core State Standards.

Content Comments 

The toolkit provides a comprehensive set of “tools” (rubrics, checklists) for evaluating mathematics and ELA curricula, lesson plans, assessment item banks and assessment passages/tasks that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. All of the tools are clearly aligned to the needs of the CCSS, and all touch upon the critical components required by the CCSS of curricula, lesson plans, assessments, and passages.Very clear and well organized set of four resources for use in evaluating curricula, lesson plans, assessments, and passages. The toolkit begins with an overview providing guidance around the audience for the resources and instructions on how to use the resources. The toolkit is an essential guide for teachers, instructional leads, and administrators evaluating existing assessments and curricula for purchase or use in the classroom as well as for those in the process of developing the same. The guide begins with a helpful overview and includes additional online resources as well as a guide for publishers at the end. Three of the four resources are exceptional in their clarity and ease of use. The only point taken off was for the EQuIP Rubric for Lessons and Units used to evaluate lesson plans and units of instruction in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. While clear, the rubrics themselves seem a little unwieldy for the classroom. However, the information in them is useful and provides good guidance in the development and evaluation of instructional lesson plans. Clearly based on the instructional requirements of the Common Core, this is a toolkit that can be applied across all grade levels in ELA and mathematics.

An update of this resource was published in 2014 by Achieve.