• College- and Career-Ready Aligned Materials

    The content below is designed to help teachers and those who support teachers to build a deep understanding of what alignment to the Common Core and other college- and career-ready standards looks like in instructional materials. A strong understanding of the Shifts and deep knowledge of the criteria for alignment are essential for those looking to be savvy participants in the instructional materials marketplace.  The content in this section includes training on the Shifts, rubrics showing alignment criteria, and professional development modules to help you use the rubrics effectively.

  • Learn More About the Shifts

    For instructional materials to be aligned to college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core, they must reflect the Shifts. Learn more about the Shifts.

  • Recognize Evidence of Alignment in Instructional Materials

    These tools build on the Shifts and help those who are looking for evidence of alignment to the Common Core and other college- and career-ready standards in instructional materials. They provide a set of criteria to guide reviewers through an analysis of the content and structure of materials to determine whether they include the elements necessary to support progress toward the Standards. Learn more about review tools.

  • Prepare to Conduct an Instructional Materials Review

    While referring to the criteria in a review tool can help structure a review that is focused on the Shifts, the way the tool's criteria are applied is what will ultimately determine an effective review. Providing targeted training to potential reviewers prior to beginning a review will allow schools and districts to conduct a more productive review and feel confident in the outcomes. Learn more about professional development for reviewers.