Updated August 4, 2021

Achieve is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements. Achieve partnered with ISKME to develop an online evaluation tool to allow you to apply these rubrics and evaluate the quality of instructional resources.

Achieve developed a series of rubrics for this tool to help gauge various aspects of quality, allowing an additional filter for sorting and another way to discover OER. These kinds of ratings are essential, especially for states and districts looking to recommend specific OER to their teachers.

You can use the Achieve OER Rubrics to evaluate resources based on:

  • Rubric I: Degree of Alignment to Standards

  • Rubric II: Quality of Explanation of Content

  • Rubric III: Utility of Materials as Tools to Teach Others

  • Rubric IV: Quality of Assessment

  • Rubric V: Degree of Interactivity

  • Rubric VI: Quality of Practice Exercises

  • Rubric VII: Opportunities for Deeper Learning


Select a resource and open the Achieve tool

Note: Your screens may differ slightly from these, but the functionality should be the same. 

  1. Log in to your microsite.

  2. Go to the resource that you would like to evaluate.

  3. Select Evaluate from the right side of the resource’s landing page.

  4. Read the text, including Guidelines & Reminders.

  5. Select Start Evaluating.



As a best practice, we suggest that you apply the rubric independently to the smallest meaningful unit of a resource or to each OER object on your microsite. The common scoring scale for the rubrics describes the predicted level of quality, usefulness, or alignment to standards, based on a five-point scoring system:

  • Resource/object is superior: 3

  • Resource/object is strong: 2

  • Resource/object is limited: 1

  • Resource/object is very weak in that specific quality area: 0

  • When a particular rubric does not apply to the object being rated: N/A


Note: Each section of the resource must be completed for the whole score to be calculated. If a particular rubric does note apply, select N/A then Save & Go to the next Rubric. 


Evaluate each section using the rubrics

Rubric I: Degree of Alignment to Standards

All standards alignments added by you and other users of your microsite will appear here. 

  1. If appropriate, add additional Common Core Standards.

  2. Rate the Degree of Alignment to the Common Core State Standard that is highlighted in yellow.

  3. If there is more than one standard, you may rate that standard by clicking on the Next standard button.

  4. Select Save & Go to Next Rubric when you are ready to rate the next rubric.



Rubric II: Quality of Explanation of the Subject Matter

This rating measures how thoroughly subject matter is explained or otherwise in the resource. Select the appropriate rating 0-3. 

Rubric III: Utility of Materials Designed to Support Teaching

Evaluates the potential utility of an object for the majority of instructors at the intended grade level. Is this resource useful? How useful is it? Select the appropriate rating 0-3. 

Rubric IV: Quality of Assessments

Use this rubric if the resource includes one or more assessments. Evaluate the quality of all the assessments with a single rating. Does the assessment(s) effectively gauge what a student knows before, during, or after a topic is taught? Select the appropriate rating 0-3. 

Rubric V: Quality of Technological Interactivity

Use this rubric if the resource includes a technology-based interactive component. Evaluate the quality of the interactivity rather than the technology in general. How useful was the interaction in demonstrating the topic at hand? Select the appropriate rating 0-3. 

Rubric VI: Quality of Instructional and Practice Exercises

Use this rubric if the resource contains exercises to help foundational skills and procedures become routine. When concepts and skills are introduced, providing a sufficient number of exercises to support skill acquisition is critical. However when integrating skills in complex tasks, as few as one or two may be sufficient. Treat a group of practice exercises as a single object, with the rubric applied to the entire set. Select the appropriate rating 0-3. 

Rubric VII: Opportunities for Deeper Learning

This rubric applies to objects that engage learners to think critically and solve complex problems, reason abstractly, work collaboratively, learn how to learn, communicate effectively, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others, apply discrete knowledge and skills to real-world situations, or construct, use, or analyze models. Select the appropriate rating 0-3. 



Finalize your Evaluation

  1. Select Save and View Results after you have completed rating the resource.

  2. Review your results.

  3. To revise your score, select Go Back and Change Your Scores button

  4. Select Finalize OER Review when you are satisfied with your ratings.

The average score of everyone who has evaluated the resource appears on the snapshot view page.