CPALMS Review Process
Every resource shared on CPALMS must first go through a rigorous criteria-based review. Peer educators and subject matter experts provide reviews and constructive feedback. A web-based system facilitates the review process, so after training all you have to do is log in, push a button, and begin reviewing a resource. The entire process is designed as a professional development activity that supports the contributor’s building rigorous and standards-driven instructional materials. The process also builds a community of curriculum leaders who work together to create the best resources to support the implementation of the standards.
The rule is simple: each and every resource on CPALMS goes through the rigorous review process where it is reviewed by at least one educator and one subject area expert and it is only shared if it is high-quality and supports the implementation of the aligned standard(s).
Only the best and highest quality resources get published on CPALMS. It takes an average of five reviews and multiple revisions before a resource gets published and earns this seal. After all, we want the best for our educators and students.
What is involved in the review?
The intelligent CPALMS review system assigns a customized review workflow for each individual resource based on the subject, grade, aligned standards, projects, etc. The review process includes at least one teacher who teaches the same grades and subjects. In addition, each resource is reviewed by a subject area expert who is often a PhD in the subject area. The reviewers are all trained and mentored through the review process to ensure the highest-quality and professional reviews. The system builds a review rubric based on the main criteria items listed below and the type of review needed at each level in the process. Each resource is treated with utmost care and attention.
the resource directly addresses the related standard(s)
the content is 100% accurate and addresses the aligned standard(s)
appropriate target audience and instructional strategy
includes the materials that it calls for
well explained for perfect implementation
easy to understand and follow instructions
is the content appropriate to share with teachers and/or students
well formatted webpages that are uniformly formatted
everything else that helps making it an excellent resource
The review process recognized by MITMIT STEM PALS Recognize the CPALMS Resource review Process
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Testimonials from Educators
Here are comments from participants in the review process and other users who value the review process:
ESE Teacher, Bradford County
Latisha lists all the ways the CPALMS review process ensures a high quality resource publication. Click here to watch this testimonial.
Secondary Science Specialist, Seminole County
Rachel briefly explains the rigor of the CPALMS review process. Click here to watch this testimonial.
Science Coordinator, Volusia County
Jeremy discusses how critical feedback is to the CPALMS review process. Click here to watch this testimonial.
Fred notes how well CPALMS provides a platform for collegial support, especially for teachers in small schools. Click here to watch this testimonial.
Science Teacher, Orange County
Beth trusts CPALMS resources as she knows they have been through a very strenuous review process. Click here to watch this testimonial.
Math/Science Teacher, Broward County
Mike feels lucky to be a part of the CPALMS efforts for his fellow teachers. Click here to watch this testimonial.
Elementary Teacher, Wakulla County
Cassandra knows she can find engaging resources on CPALMS thanks to the rigorous review process. Click here to watch this testimonial.
Former Elementary Teacher, Brevard County
Christine believes CPALMS is the only platform where standards are so rigorously aligned to the resources and the resources are so rigorously reviewed. Click here to watch this testimonial.
Science Teacher, Marion County
Robert feels CPALMS is a great way for him to keep up with his professional development activities. Click here to watch this testimonial.