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5D+™ Rubric for Instructional Growth and Teacher Evaluation (Version 3)

Helping educators understand what good teaching looks like is at the heart of the 5D+ Rubric for Instructional Growth and Teacher Evaluation – a growth-oriented tool for improving instruction.

Note: The new title of the 5D+ Rubric — 5D+ Rubric for Instructional Growth and Teacher Evaluation — more accurately reflects the purpose of the rubric. To learn more about the changes in the third iteration of the 5D+ Rubric, visit our teacher evaluation page or watch this webinar.

Dimensions of the 5D+ Rubric for Instructional Growth and Teacher Evaluation (Version 3)

Version 3 of the 5D+ Rubric is based on the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning (5D) instructional framework, which is derived from an extensive study of research on the core elements that constitute quality instruction. These core elements have been incorporated into the 5D Framework and 5D+ Rubric as five dimensions – Purpose, Student Engagement, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Assessment for Student Learning, and Classroom Environment and Culture – which are divided into 13 subdimensions. The 5D+ Rubric also includes Professional Collaboration and Communication, which is based on activities and relationships that teachers engage in outside of classroom instruction.

Organization of the 5D+ Rubric for Instructional Growth and Teacher Evaluation (Version 3)

Version 3 of the 5D+ Rubric is composed of 30 indicators of teacher performance, each appearing on a separate page of the rubric. In the example below: the dimension is Purpose, the subdimension is Standards, and the indicator is Connection to Standards, Broader Purpose and Transferable Skill. The pages are color-coded by dimension.

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Performance Levels

Performance levels within each indicator are used to delineate teaching practice, from unsatisfactory to basic, proficient and distinguished. The sophistication of teaching practice and the role of students increase across the levels of performance. The language describing each performance level has been carefully examined by a psychometrician to assure clarity, to avoid the risk of a teacher being rated more than once for similar teaching behavior, and to ensure that each indicator evaluates only one aspect of teaching practice. A careful analysis of instructional practice leads to the determination of a teacher’s performance level on each indicator.

(Looking for version 2 of the 5D+ Rubric? Check here.)

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