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What does it mean to evaluate the quality of instructional materials?

TEA contracts with a third-party vendor to conduct an independent analysis of each instructional material to evaluate its quality. As a part of this process, the agency ensures that the definition of quality is communicated via rubrics that are used to assess all instructional materials.

While the rubrics are customized based on content area and grade band, there are commonalities across all rubrics. For example, all quality evaluation rubrics include: 

  • The percentage of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), or Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (TPG), and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) coverage as determined by the State Board of Education (SBOE) process
  • An assessment of supports for diverse learners
  • A determination of supports, resources, and guidance for use in the classroom 
  • Information about technology requirements, program cost, professional development, and additional language supports.

Examples of criteria unique to English language arts and reading (ELAR) rubrics are the variety and complexity of texts, how students are required to respond to the texts, and whether materials support the development of foundational literary skills. 

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