Effectiveness

  • When evaluating the effectiveness of instructional materials, you should consider your educational goals — student learning and professional learning goals.

    Key Questions: Student Success

    • Did the instructional material adequately meet the state learning standard for that content area?
    • Did the instructional material meet the level of quality required in your district/school?
    • Did the instructional material support the learning behaviors your district has defined as important:
      • Deeper learning?
      • Personalized learning?
      • Self-directed learning?
    • Did the materials support student learning for all demographics?
      • English language learners
      • Students with disabilities
    • Did the instructional material add value to student learning?
    • Did the students customize the materials to enhance their own learning?
    • Were the students more engaged?

    Key Questions: Professional Learning

    • Did you provide professional learning strategies for implementation of high quality materials, aligned to standards?
    • How easy was it for teachers to access and use the materials?
    • Did teachers report a reduced workload?
    • Did the instructional materials support teachers’ abilities to support:
      • Deeper learning?
      • Personalize learning?
      • Self-directed learning?
    • Did teachers customize materials that are OER?
    • Did teachers under the copyright and licensing requirements for using OER?
  • When selecting instructional materials, districts should consider how they will evaluate the impact of those materials on student learning. Districts should develop metrics that align to the district/school’s educational goals for success. Assessments should help teachers understand and interpret student performance so they can provide personalized instruction to increase student success.

    Administrators should also determine how you will measure the effectiveness of your professional learning strategy with the implementation of instructional materials.

    Key Metrics

    • Increased student achievement
    • Improved student engagement
    • Increase in teacher use of instructional materials
    • Reduced teacher workload

    Key Tools

    • State level student testing data on end-of-course exams, proficiency exams, measurements of student progress
    • State-developed assessments
    • District identified/developed formative or interim assessments
    • Instructional materials assessments
    • Teacher performance assessments and observations
    • Teacher surveys
    • Student surveys

     

     

  • When evaluating the effectiveness of instructional materials, you should also consider the impact on your technology capacity and budget.

    Key Questions

    • Did you have the technology capacity to deliver content efficiently and effectively?
      • Internet access at school
      • Wi-Fi access at school
      • Student access to devices
      • Student access to internet and devices outside of school
    • Did you experience any cost savings?
    • What was your ROI?
    • Was the acquisition process efficient?
    • Did you experience any restrictions when acquiring and implementing:
      • Print instructional materials?
      • Digital/online/blended instructional materials?
      • OER?
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