Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products

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EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products)is an initiative of the American Diploma Project (ADP) Network designed to identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 

The objectives are two-fold:

  • Increase the supply of high quality lessons and units aligned to the CCSS that are available to elementary, middle, and high school teachers as soon as possible; and
  • Build the capacity of educators to evaluate and improve the quality of instructional materials for use in their classrooms and schools.

EQuIP builds on a collaborative effort of education leaders from Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island that Achieve facilitated. The outcome of that effort was the development of the “Tri-State Rubrics” and a quality review process designed to determine the quality and alignment of instructional lessons and units to the CCSS.

On the Ground

Have you been using the EQuIP Rubrics and quality review process to develop, improve, or evaluate CCSS-aligned instructional materials? If so, please tell us more about what you've been doing by completing this form.  

 

Submit Materials to EQuIP

Visit http://lessons.achieve.org  to submit lessons and units to the EQuIP Peer Review Panel. Please review the Process & Guidelines for Submissions to the EQuIP Peer Review Panel before submitting. For more information on the EQuIP Peer Review Panel and evaluated materials, click on the Peer Review Panel and Exemplars tabs below.

 

The EQuIP rubrics are designed to evaluate:

  • Lessons that include instructional activities and assessments aligned to the CCSS that may extend over a few class periods or days
  • Units that include integrated and focused lessons aligned to the CCSS that extend over a longer period of time
  • The rubric is NOT designed to evaluate a single task or activity
  • The rubrics do not require a specific template for lesson or unit design

Read here for more about EQuIP.

Click the links below to download the EQuIP Rubrics:

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Mathematics (PDF)

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: ELA/Literacy (PDF)

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: ELA/Literacy Grades K-2 (PDF)

The EQuIP Rubric electronic feedback forms are organized by each dimension in the rubric with space to indicate which criteria are observed or not observed in the lesson or unit, a space to provide written feedback and suggestions for improvement, and a space to assign a dimensional rating. The last page of the feedback form is used to assign an overall rating and provide summary feedback and suggestions for improvement. To use these forms you must have the most recent version of Adobe Reader downloaded to your computer. If you are a Mac user, you will need to set your default reader to be Adobe Reader instead of Preview. If you are using a tablet, please download the free Adobe Reader app to your tablet. If you plan on using a tablet, please create an Adobe Reader account on https://www.adobe.com/account/sign-in.adobedotcom.html . This will allow you to save your work on the Adobe Cloud.

Click the links below to download the EQuIP Rubric Electronic Feedback forms:

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Mathematics Response Form (PDF)

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: ELA/Literacy Response Form (PDF) 

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: ELA/Literacy Grades K-2 Response Form (PDF)

 

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science

The EQuIP Rubric for science provides criteria by which to evaluate the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). As more NGSS-aligned lessons and units are developed, this rubric may change to meet the evolving needs of both educators in evaluating materials and developers in the modification and creation of materials. Additional support materials will also be developed to complement the use of this rubric, such as a professional development guide, a criterion discussion guide and publishers’ criteria that will be more focused on textbooks and comprehensive curricula.

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science

We are now accepting submissions of ELA/literacy and mathematics lessons and units for the EQuIP Peer Review Panel to review. For information regarding the submission process please refer to the Process & Guidelines for Submissions to the EQuIP Peer Review Panel 

Click here to register and submit resources for review by the EQuIP Peer Review Panel. If you have any questions about the EQuIP Peer Review Panel submission process, please email Sasheen Phillips at sphillips@achieve.org. 


EQuIP Peer Review Panel from Achieve on Vimeo.

In an effort to identify and shine a spotlight on emerging exemplars, Achieve is establishing a process to select and train a stable group of experienced reviewers to evaluate the quality and alignment of lessons and units to the CCSS. The objective is not to endorse a particular curriculum, product, or template, but rather to identify lessons and units that best illustrate the cognitive demands of the CCSS. In June 2013, Achieve launched a cross-state EQuIP Peer Review Panel of educators. We are honored and excited to announce that we selected 56 peer reviewers from 24 states during our selection process. Selected peer reviewers met to calibrate their judgment. EQuIP peer reviewers will commit up to 12 days of service each year through a combination of in-person and virtual convenings, as well as time spent independently reviewing lessons and units. Each lesson or unit submitted to the EQuIP Peer Review Panel will be reviewed by at least three peer reviewers. The EQuIP Peer Review Panel will apply the EQuIP Rubrics and quality review process to the lessons and units that have been submitted by states, districts and partners. Lessons and units that are rated by the EQuIP Peer Review Panel as Exemplars will be publicly posted on the Exemplar tab located here so that all states and districts can benefit from these materials. Achieve will generate and publicly post submission guidelines clarifying the expectations and process for submitting materials. For example, we will seek evidence that the author(s)/entities have already utilized the EQuIP Rubric and believe that the materials meet the criteria to qualify as exemplars. We will also ask for a good-faith commitment from the submitting author(s)/entities that they will incorporate feedback provided by the EQuIP Peer Review Panel in an effort to strengthen the materials. Submissions may be reviewed a second time once suggested revisions have been incorporated.

 

The purpose of this e-Learning module is to develop the learner's knowledge and understanding of the EQuIP Quality Review Process, which is designed to increase the ability of educators – and educational leaders – to identify and create quality instructional materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Specifically, learners will explore what effective observations and criterion-based feedback look like and experience the process of reviewing instructional materials using the EQuIP Quality Review criteria, rating scales, and rating descriptors. Click here to access the first e-Learning module.

 

The purpose of these training materials is to develop a group's knowledge and understanding of the EQuIP Quality Review Process, which is designed to increase the ability of educators – and educational leaders – to identify and create quality instructional materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Specifically, participants will explore what effective observations and criterion-based feedback look like and experience the process of reviewing instructional materials using the EQuIP Quality Review criteria, rating scales, and rating descriptors.

These training materials are designed to be comprehensive, allowing an individual or group to gain understanding of the EQuIP rubrics and complete a quality review process. The materials provided for each session include facilitator's notes, slide deck and a single lesson or unit for review, as well as any additional materials needed to complete the review process.

ELA/Literacy

K-2 EQuIP Rubric and Quality Review Training Session

3-12 EQuIP Rubric and Quality Review Training Session

Selecting Quality Text

Mathematics

EQuIP Rubric and Quality Review Training Session

In an effort to identify and shine a spotlight on emerging exemplars, Achieve established a process to select and train the EQuIP Peer Review Panel, a  group of experienced reviewers to evaluate the quality and alignment of lessons and units to the CCSS. The EQuIP Peer Review Panel is using the EQuIP Rubrics and quality review process to evaluate the instructional materials for CCSS-alignment and quality. The objective is not to endorse a particular curriculum, product or template, but rather to identify lessons and units that best illustrate the cognitive demands of the CCSS. Below is the list of instructional materials that have been submitted to the EQuIP Peer Review Panel and evaluated as “Exemplars” or “Exemplars if Improved.” Each lesson or unit is available to download and use in classrooms. In addition to the materials there is a copy of the EQuIP quality review feedback from the EQuIP Peer Review Panel. Please review the feedback to gain a sense of the materials’ purpose, strengths and areas that would benefit from revisions. Please contact Hans Voss at hvoss@achieve.org if you have any questions regarding the materials or the EQuIP Peer Review Panel feedback.

ELA/Literacy Lessons or Units

Grades K-5

Grade K – Seasons and Weather – Exemplar if Improved

Grade 1 - Julius Baby of the World - Exemplar

Grade 3 - The Fisherman and His Wife - Exemplar

Grades 4 - Wildfires - Exemplar

Grade 5 - Mother to Son - Exemplar

Grades 6-8

Grade 6 - Great Fire- Exemplar if Improved
Grade 6 - Freedom- Comparative Reading and Writing - Exemplar if Improved

Grade 6 - The Wolf You Feed - Exemplar

Grade 7 - Module 1 - A Long Walk to Water - Exemplar

Grade 7 - Analyzing an Author’s Style – Macaulay’s Unique Way of Explaining a Complex Process - Exemplar

Grade 7 - Building Evidence-Based Arguments: Doping - Exemplar

Grade 7 - Development of the Adolescent Brain - Exemplar

Grade 8 - Finding Home: Refugees - Exemplar

    Grade 8 - The Story of an Hour - Exemplar 

    Grade 8 - Varying Perspectives on World War II - Exemplar

    Grades 9-12

    Grade 9 - Satire: The Nose - Exemplar

    Grades 9-10 - Researching to Deepen Understanding - Exemplar

    Grade 9-12 - Nutrition and Human Rights – Exemplar

    Grade 10 - Earth Systems Evolution - Exemplar

    Grade 11 - The Art of Persuasion and the Craft of Argument - Exemplar if Improved

    Grade 11 - Faces of War - Exemplar if Improved

    Grades 11-12 - Macbeth - Exemplar

    Grade 11 - Nostalgia - Exemplar

    Mathematics Lessons or Units

    Grades K-5

    Grade K - Composing and Decomposing Shapes - Exemplar

    Grade 2 - Sums and Differences to 20 - Exemplar

    Grade 4 - Two-Digit Array Multiplication - Exemplar

    Grades 6-8

    Grade 6 - Defining and Writing Ratios - Exemplar if Improved

    Grade 6 - Rates, Ratios, and Percents - Exemplar

    Grade 6 - Writing and Evaluating Exponential Expressions - Exemplar 

      Grade 6 - Unit Rate - Exemplar if Improved

      Grade 7 - Factor, Expand and Combine Like Terms - Exemplar if Improved 

      Grade 7 - Unit Rate And Constant of Proportionality - Exemplar

      Grade 8 – Unit 4 – Functions – Exemplar

      Grades 9-12

      Integrated Secondary Mathematics I - Linear and Exponential Functions - Exemplar if Improved

      Algebra I - Describing Variability - Exemplar

      Algebra I - Exponential Relationships - Exemplar if Improved

      Algebra I - Transformations of Functions - Exemplar

      Integrated Secondary Mathematics II - Geometric Figures - Exemplar if Improved

      The following videos include footage from the EQuIP convenings and provide more information about the benefits of EQuIP. The first video focuses on the ELA/Literacy rubric and the second video focuses on the Mathematics rubric: 

       

      Understanding Quality and Alignment: EQuIP ELA/Literacy from Achieve on Vimeo.

      Understanding Quality and Alignment: EQuIP Mathematics from Achieve on Vimeo.

      EQuIP Peer Review Panel from Achieve on Vimeo.

      The EQuIP Student Work Protocol is designed to establish or articulate the relationship between student work and the quality and alignment of instructional materials that previously have been reviewed using the EQuIP quality review process. Focusing on this relationship enables educators to develop a common understanding of the challenging work required by the CCSS. The specific objectives of this EQuIP Student Work Protocol are three-fold:

      1. To confirm that a lesson’s or unit’s assignment is aligned with the letter and spirit of the targeted Common Core State Standards.
      2. To determine how students performed on an assignment as evidence of how well designed the lesson/unit is.
      3. To provide criterion-based suggestions for improving the assignment and related instructional materials.

      Click the links below to download the EQuIP Student Work Protocol for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics: