EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) is an initiative designed to identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The objectives are 1) to increase the supply of high quality lessons and units aligned to the CSSS for elementary, middle, and high school teachers as soon as possible; and 2) build the capacity of educators to evaluate and improve the quality of instructional materials for use in their classrooms and schools.
The EQuIP initiative has developed a set of rubrics that can be used by educators to evaluate lessons and units in Mathematics and ELA/Literacy. These rubrics are broken into four dimensions: alignment to the depth of the CCSS, key shifts, instructional supports, and assessments, and provide guidance for using a 4-point rubric to evaluate a lesson or unit on these dimensions. These are designed to be part of a larger, thoughtful conversation across educators in identifying high-quality lessons and units that are aligned to the Common Core. The 5-step process is a fairly complex one, and while clearly laid out, will involve some training and practice in order to achieve reliable ratings across raters. Overall, this resource is a clear and valuable asset for school- and district-level staff charged with identifying, developing, and/or evaluating CCSS-aligned lessons.