The G6-12 Rubric has been created to address the need for a set of standards that is specific to guide the development, enhancement, and evaluation of online and blended courses for middle and high school students. The G6-12 Rubric integrates existing national standards for K-12 online education promulgated by:
At the core of the Quality Matters Grades 6-12 Program is the fully annotated Quality Matters Rubric, the centerpiece of a continuous improvement model for assuring the quality of online courses through a faculty peer review process.
The Grades 6-12 Edition of the Quality Matters Rubric is a set of nine general standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses.
General Standard 1: Course Overview and Introduction
The overall design of the course is made clear to the student at the beginning of the course.
General Standard 2: Learning Objectives
Learning objectives are clearly stated and explained. They assist students in focusing their effort in the course.
General Standard 3: Assessment and Measurement
Assessment strategies use established ways to measure effective learning, evaluate student progress by reference to stated learning objectives, and are designed to be integral to the learning process.
General Standard 4: Resources and Materials
Instructional materials are authoritative, up-to-date and appropriately chosen for the level of the course.
General Standard 5: Learning Activities
Meaningful interaction between the teacher and students, among students, and between students and course materials is employed to motivate students and foster intellectual commitment and personal development.
General Standard 6: Course Technology
Course navigation features and the technology employed in the course foster student engagement and ensure access to instructional materials and resources.
General Standard 7: Learner Support
The course facilitates student access to institutional services essential to student success.
General Standard 8: Accessibility
The face-to-face and online course components are accessible to all students.
General Standard 9 – Compliance Standards
This section of the rubric is optional and may be tailored to particular requirements or mandates at the state or local level. These requirements may deal with subject matter standards, inclusion of specific information in the course outline or syllabus, mandated communications, etc.
The G6-12 Applying the QM Rubric APPQMR workshop is appropriate for teachers, teacher education programs, instructional designers, administrators and regulators who wish to understand more about research supported best practices and mandates required by state and local governments.
The Rubric and training opportunities can be used for professional development, curriculum development, quality assurance for current courses and evaluation of instructional design practices.