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Materials Alignment Toolkit

A suite of tools for evaluating the alignment of instructional and assessment materials to the Shifts and major features of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Materials Alignment Toolkit was developed in partnership with Achieve, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS).

Each tool evaluates a different type of material:

  • A comprehensive textbook or textbook series (IMET)
  • A specific grade-level within a textbook or textbook series (GIMET-QR)
  • Lessons or units (EQuIP Rubrics)
  • Grade or course-level assessments (AET)
  • State summative assessments aligned to college- and career-readiness standards (CCSSO Principles)
  • Assessment passages and assessment items or tasks (Checklists)
  • Supports for English Language Learners (ELL Framework)

Use the tools:

Select one of the tools below to find the relevant subject and grade version for the materials under evaluation, or download the Toolkit Portfolio to learn about the tools available.


The Tools

Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool (IMET)

A tool for evaluating a comprehensive textbook or textbook series for alignment to the Shifts and major features of the CCSS.

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Grade-Level Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool – Quality Review (GIMET-QR)

A tool for use following an IMET review to evaluate a specific grade level textbook for alignment to the Shifts and major features of the CCSS.

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EQuIP Quality Review Rubrics and Student Work Protocol

Tools for evaluating the alignment of lessons, units and modules to the CCSS and for analyzing the relationship between student work and the quality and alignment of instructional materials.

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Assessment Evaluation Tool (AET)

A tool for evaluating grade or course-level assessments for alignment to the Shifts and major features of the CCSS.

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CCSSO Principles: Summative Assessments

Criteria for states to consider as they purchase, develop, and evaluate high-quality state summative assessments aligned to college- and career-readiness standards, including the CCSS.

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Assessment Quality Criteria Checklists

Tools for evaluating assessment passages and assessment items or tasks for alignment to the Shifts and major features of the CCSS.

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Framework for Raising Expectations and Instructional Rigor for ELLs

A tool to use as a framework for establishing and articulating a rigorous and coherent program for serving English Language Learners (ELLs).

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