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                                               CCSS for English Language Arts
                                           Instructional Resource Evaluation Tool

This tool is designed to help you evaluate instructional resources that support implementation of the Common Core State
Standards for ELA. The tool can be used to review instructional resources currently used in your school or classroom, or to
examine tools you may be considering adding to your collection. Use the questions to guide your examination and assist you
in judging the quality of the resource in relationship to its intended purpose.

Name of Resource: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Resource Type:       tool/template             instructional guide            lesson/unit plan  informational article            other

Publisher/Source: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Anticipated Cost: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Intended Grade Span and/or Student Population: ________________________________________________________________________________________

Intended Purpose of Resource : ____________________________________________________________________________

Name of Reviewer(s): ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________




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Quality, Efficacy, and Usability
Criteria        Question                                                              Explanation/Evidence




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                                                                                N/A
Research Base   Does this resource
                include data or evidence
                indicating its use leads to
                increased student
                learning?

Innovation      Does the resource offer a
                highly innovative or new
                approach that brings
                improved results?
Content         Does this resource focus
                deeply on the concepts
                emphasized in the
                standards?
Accuracy and    Is the content accurate?
Credibility

                Is the content credible?




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Quality, Efficacy, and Usability
Criteria        Question                                                             Explanation/Evidence




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                                                                               N/A
Clarity and     Is the material in the
Usability       resource presented
                clearly?
                Is the resource easy to
                navigate?

Instructional   Does the resource offer
Design          explicit instructional
                strategies?
                Does the resources follow
                a logical scope and
                sequence?
Equity and      Does the resource
Access          explicitly support equity
                and access?
Student         Does the resource require
Engagement      student involvement in
                and responsibility for
                their learning?
Structure       Does the resource
                support the gradual
                release of responsibility?



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Quality, Efficacy, and Usability
Criteria       Question                                                               Explanation/Evidence




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                                                                                N/A
High           Does the resource
Expectations   promote high
               expectations for all
               students while meeting
               the needs of the intended
               student population?
Contextual     Does the resource frame
Learning       the content in a context
and/or         that is meaningful to
Meaningful     students?
Application    Does the resource have
               real world applications?

Use of         If the resource utilizes
Technology     technology, is it used in a
               meaningful and
               appropriate way (i.e.
               accessibility, link to CCSS,
               viewpoints, cost
               effectiveness)?




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Quality, Efficacy, and Usability
Criteria         Question                                                            Explanation/Evidence




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                                                                               N/A
Assessment for   Does the resource
Student          support opportunities for
Understanding    assessment of
                 understanding?
                 Does the resource easily
                 allow the teacher to
                 differentiate material
                 based on
                 student needs?




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Alignment to Common Core State Standards

Criteria              Question                                                          Explanation/Evidence




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                                                                                  N/A
Reading: Balancing    Does the resource
Informational and     address literary text?
Literary Texts

                      Does the resource
                      address informational
                      text?

Reading:              Does the resource
Foundational Skills   include an
K-5                   instructional sequence
                      for foundational skills?
Comprehension         Does the resource
Strategies            provide opportunities
                      to use research-based
                      literacy strategies to
                      support
                      comprehension?




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Alignment to Common Core State Standards
Criteria               Question                                                         Explanation/Evidence




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                                                                                  N/A
Reading: Text          Does the resource
Complexity             engage students in
                       reading and/or
                       listening to complex
                       text appropriate to the
                       grade span, including
                       texts that will help
                       students stretch to the
                       next level?
Reading and            Does the resource
Speaking and           engage the students in
Listening: Evidence-   rich and rigorous
Based Answers          conversations about a
                       source, keeping them
                       deeply connected to
                       the text on the page or
                       the stimulus provided?




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Alignment to Common Core State Standards
Criteria              Question                                                       Explanation/Evidence




                                                                  Not At All
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                                                                               N/A
Speaking and          Does the resource
Listening: Source     require collaborative
Based Discourse       source-based
                      conversations and
                      reflection among the
                      students or with the
                      teacher?
Source Based          Does the resource
Questions             include or suggest
                      source based
                      questions/ prompts to
                      advance learning?
Writing: Using        Does the resource ask
Evidence to Inform,   students to craft
Argue and Analyze     responses to sources
                      that emphasize use of
                      evidence?




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Alignment to Common Core State Standards
Criteria             Question                                                        Explanation/Evidence




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                                                                               N/A
Language: Academic   Does the resource help
Vocabulary           students focus
                     strategically on
                     comprehending words
                     that are critical to
                     academic achievement
                     (Tier 2 words)?
Reading: Knowledge   Does the resource
Across the           provide opportunities
Disciplines          for students to learn
                     through domain-
                     specific sources?




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Would you recommend this resource for use? Yes _____ No ______
If yes, please provide a description of how you plan to use the resource.
If no, please provide a rationale for why.




Cautions for Use: Do you have any cautions or concerns regarding this resource that users should keep in mind?




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Resources

Maine Department of Education (November, 2006). “Maine Reading First: Modified Tool for Evaluating Supplemental
Programs and Materials”. Draft.

New York State Department of Education. (August, 2011). “Common Core Shifts”. PDF document retrieved August 13, 2012
from http://engageny.org/resource/common-core-shifts/

Ohio Department of Education (January 2012). “English Language Arts Curriculum Model Resource Evaluation Tool”. Word
document retrieved August 13, 2102 from
http://education.ohio.gov/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDetail.aspx?Page=3&TopicRelationID=1699&Content=128410




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