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Evaluation Criteria Map Instructions

Instructions for Completing the California Evaluation Criteria Map for the 2021 Arts Education Instructional Materials Adoption. Approved by the State Board of Education May 8, 2020.

Publishers must complete an evaluation criteria map to demonstrate the alignment of their materials to the Criteria for Evaluating Instructional Materials in Arts Education, Kindergarten Through Grade Eight. Publishers must submit a completed evaluation criteria map in order to participate in the 2021 Arts Education Adoption.

Publishers must submit one completed evaluation criteria map for each program they are submitting for adoption, no matter how many proficiency or grade levels are included in each program.

Publishers must submit the completed evaluation criteria map(s) both in digital and hard copy format to the California Department of Education (CDE), the Learning Resources Display Centers, and to the reviewers specified by the CDE. The evaluation criteria maps must accompany the samples of instructional materials submitted for review. The CDE will also provide publishers with the mailing addresses of members of the Instructional Quality Commission and State Board of Education who wish to receive materials samples and evaluation criteria maps. The CDE will include complete instructions for submission in the Publishers Invitation to Submit document and on the CDE web page for the 2021 Arts Education Adoption. The deadline for receipt of program samples and evaluation criteria maps is May 7, 2021.

Please follow the directions below carefully in order to ensure a complete and accurate review of submitted instructional materials. Please be very thorough and careful in completing the evaluation criteria map. The mapping of the criteria requires careful reading of the criteria statements and comprehensive knowledge of how each of the criteria statements applies to the publisher’s instructional program.

If you have any questions related to the evaluation criteria map, please contact the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division at (916) 319-0881, or by email at

  1. Fill in the header for the map with the program title and publisher's name.

  2. The first two columns include the full text of the statements from the evaluation criteria, which are organized into the five criteria categories. This text should not be edited or changed in any way.

  3. The third column, “Publisher Citations,” is for publishers to cite where that criteria statement is covered in their program. In this space, please provide information to help reviewers determine the extent to which each of the applicable criteria statements is covered in the program. Acronyms and abbreviations used to refer to program components should be consistent with those used on the standards map.

    All the criteria statements in Category 1 must be met in full for the proficiency level or levels indicated for the program to be eligible for adoption. In Categories 2 through 5, the program must demonstrate strengths in each of those categories to be eligible for adoption.

    Citations may be in the form of page references, digital links that connect directly to content, or other location identifiers. Please consider your citations to be exemplars rather than an exhaustive list, but provide sufficient evidence to clearly demonstrate full coverage of all parts of the criteria statement.

    The evaluation criteria apply to your entire program and therefore each grade level. In order to demonstrate that your full program meets the evaluation criteria, you should include citations for each grade level or applicable span of grade levels, as appropriate.

  4. Leave the final columns blank as they are provided for reviewer notes. Publishers should not enter any information in these columns.

The CDE will cover all of this information again at the Publishers Invitation to Submit meeting in January 2021.

Questions:   Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division | | 916-319-0881
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 08, 2023
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