Our review rubrics are developed by educators from across the country with deep content knowledge and expertise in conducting materials reviews. Each rubric is developed following these steps:
The educators on rubric development teams also develop detailed evidence guides that accompany the rubrics. The guides can also provide support as you read the reports or incorporate our rubrics as part of your own review process.
Each report found on EdReports.org represents hundreds of hours of work by educator reviewers.
Team Composition Reviewers work in teams of four to five people using the review rubrics, evidence guides, and key documents to thoroughly examine their sets of instructional materials. These team members are expert educators that are well versed in the standards and have completed/passed/been vetted through a thorough application and selection process.
Time Commitment Reviewers receive more than 25 hours of virtual and face-to-face training on the EdReports.org review rubric and process and meet weekly over the course of several months to develop final reports. Reviewers independently gather evidence for specific indicators each week before meeting in teams to share evidence, come to consensus on scoring, and write the draft that ultimately is shared on the website.
Process All team members look at every grade and indicator, ensuring that the entire team considers the program in full. Teams touch every page of the series and look for the presence of standards, how well the standards are sequenced, the depth with which standards are included, and other important characteristics of high-quality instructional materials. These comprehensive reviews are evidence-rich. No other review process provides as much detail about how materials meet or do not meet the criteria, including specific examples from the programs.
Advisory Panels Each content area has a dedicated set of volunteer advisors—researchers, professors, and content leaders in the field—that provide guidance to the review teams. These advisors are available to help educator review teams when they encounter examples within the instructional materials where they need other experts to weigh in on alignment or quality.
Publishers All publishers are invited to provide an hour-long orientation to the review team. The review teams can also ask the publishers clarifying questions about their program. Publishers may also post two sets of information on the EdReports.org website: a response to the educator report and a document that includes relevant any background information or research on the instructional materials.
The EdReports.org’s rubric supports a sequential review process through three gateways. These gateways reflect the importance of standards alignment to the fundamental design elements of the materials and considers other attributes of high-quality curriculum as recommended by educators.
|Step 1||Step 2||Result: Alignment Rating|
|The reviewed materials Meet Expectations for Gateway 1||AND Meet Expectations for
|BUT either Partially Meet or Do Not Meet the expectations for Gateway 2||Partially Meet Expectations|
|The reviewed materials Partially Meet Expectations for Gateway 1||AND Meet Expectations for Gateway 2||Partially Meet Expectations|
|BUT Partially Meets expectations for Gateway 2||Partially Meet Expectations|
|BUT Do Not Meet the expectations for Gateway 2||Do Not Meet Expectations|
|The reviewed materials Do Not Meet the expectations for Gateway 1||If it Does Not Meet Expectations for Gateway 1 the material is not reviewed for Gateway 2||Do Not Meet Expectations|