District and school leaders play a vital role in making the structural and instructional changes necessary to ensure that all students will read and write well and become mathematically proficient. It is not enough that teachers are trained; school systems must significantly alter the ways they provide ongoing support and organize and conduct the teaching of literacy and mathematics in all grades. Now more than at any time, perhaps, districts and schools will be under close scrutiny in the implementation of state program requirements, rigorous state standards, or the Common Core State Standards. Large sums of money have been invested in professional development, but unless administrators and teachers are diligent and relentless in the pursuit of excellence in teaching with high-quality curriculum, much of the money may be wasted.
This free implementation rubric was developed by Pivot Learning’s partner, CORE, to assist teachers and administrators in effectively implementing a research-based reading/language arts or mathematics instructional program. Using the rubric, superintendents, district and site administrators, and others responsible for literacy and mathematics leadership as well as classroom teachers will better understand the elements that must be in place for full and successful implementation leading to high student achievement. In addition to this rubric for assessing the state of literacy and mathematics implementation, a separate scale for assessing leadership and organizational capacity is part of this rubric. This rubric is not to be used for teacher evaluation; rather, it is a continuous improvement document that should be used for support and growth.