K-12 Options for QM Official Course Review

Official Review of a course is the best way to benchmark design efforts and improvements. And, it’s the only way to certify course quality for everyone to see — with the QM Certification Mark. A course becomes QM-Certified once it meets QM Rubric Standards at the 85% threshold or better and meets all Essential Specific Review Standards. You’ll also receive useful recommendations from the review team that will help improve the course. If your course does not initially meet QM Rubric Standards, you will be able to submit an amended course with the reviewer-suggested updates during the amendment phase.

Organizations can have a course reviewed in its entirety (Full Course Review) or have a Template + Content Review. QM recommends a Template + Content Review if an organization (1) uses a standard template for course design across subject areas and (2) intends to submit five or more courses for review. For courses that use a common template, the template portion of the review ensures greater consistency of results from course to course. Official Full Course Reviews use all Template and Content Standards applicable to either K-12 or K-12 Publisher review types.

K-12 QM-Managed Official Reviews

Official course reviews managed by Quality Matters (QM) staff in compliance with QM Course Review Requirements (outlined in the Course Review Policies and Processes document). QM staff manages the review, selects the review team, pays the reviewers, and invoices the organization.

  • QM-Managed - Template Review (K-12 Pub. Official Review)
    As part of a two phase review process, this is a single review of three (3) courses from different subject areas against the Template Standards ("T") in the K-12 Rubric designated as applicable to K-12 Publisher courses. Conducted once per Rubric Edition or when a template/platform is revised. Results are combined with subsequent Content Reviews.
    Member Fee: $2000Non-Member Fee: $2800
  • QM-Managed - Content Review (K-12 Pub. Official Review)
    As part of a two phase review process, this is a review of a course against the Content Standards ("C") in the K-12 Rubric designated as applicable to K-12 Publisher courses. The findings and scores from a completed Template Review automatically populate into the Content Review to calculate an overall score.
    Member Fee: $1000Non-Member Fee: $1400
  • QM-Managed - Content Review with Correlation Verification (K-12 Pub. Official Review)
    Review of a course against the Content Standards ("C") in the K-12 Rubric designated as applicable to K-12 Publisher courses. The findings and scores from a completed Template Review automatically populate into the each subsequent Content Review to calculate an overall score. An added detailed Correlation Verification Report is provided to the vendor to meet a state's documentation requirements.
    Member Fee: $1100Non-Member Fee: $1500
  • QM-Managed - Full Review (K-12 Pub. Official Review)
    Review of a course in its entirety against all Specific Review Standards in the K-12 Rubric designated as applicable to K-12 Publisher courses.
    Member Fee: $1200Non-Member Fee: $1600
  • QM-Managed - Full Review with Correlation Verification (K-12 Pub. Official Review)
    Review of a course in its entirety against all Specific Review Standards in the K-12 Rubric designated as applicable to K-12 Publisher courses. An added detailed Correlation Verification Report is provided to the vendor to meet a state's documentation requirements.
    Member Fee: $1300Non-Member Fee: $1700
  • QM-Managed - Supplemental State Review (K-12 Pub. Official Review)
    Review of a previously certified course that needs to be evaluated against a different set of state and/or other accepted content standards.
    Member Fee: $400Non-Member Fee: $500
  • QM-Managed - Supplemental State Review with Correlation Verification (K-12 Pub. Official Review)
    Review of a previously certified course that needs to be evaluated against a different set of state and/or other accepted content standards. An added detailed Correlation Verification Report is provided to the vendor to meet a state's documentation requirements.
    Member Fee: $500Non-Member Fee: $600
  • QM-Managed - Alternate Version Content Review (K-12 Pub. Official Review)
    Review of an alternate version of a course, that previously met QM Standards, against the Content Standards ("C") in the K-12 Rubric designated as applicable to K-12 Publisher courses. Examples: Foundational/Core/Honors levels, fully online versus blended.
    Member Fee: $400Non-Member Fee: $650
  • QM-Managed - Alternate Version Full Review (K-12 Pub. Official Review)
    Review of an alternate version of a course, that previously met QM Standards, against all Specific Review Standards in the K-12 Rubric designated as applicable to K-12 Publisher courses. Examples: Foundational/Core/Honors levels, fully online versus blended.
    Member Fee: $400Non-Member Fee: $650
  • QM-Managed - Full Review (K-12 Official Review)
    Review of a course in its entirety against all Specific Review Standards in the K-12 Rubric.
    Member Fee: $1000Non-Member Fee: $1400
  • QM-Managed - Template Review (K-12 Official Review)
    As part of a two phase review process, this is a single review of three (3) courses from different subject areas against the Template Standards ("T") in the K-12 Rubric. Conducted once per Rubric Edition or when a template/platform is revised. Results are combined with subsequent Content Reviews.
    Member Fee: $1200Non-Member Fee: $1600
  • QM-Managed - Content Review (K-12 Official Review)
    As part of a two phase review process, this is a review of a course against the Content Standards ("C") in the K-12 Rubric. The findings and scores from a completed Template Review automatically populate into the Content Review to calculate an overall score.
    Member Fee: $900Non-Member Fee: $1300
  • QM-Managed - Alternate Version Full Review (K-12 Official Review)
    Review of an alternate version of a course, that previously met QM Standards, against all Specific Review Standards in the K-12 Rubric. Examples: Foundational/Core/Honors levels, fully online versus blended.
    Member Fee: $400Non-Member Fee: $650
  • QM-Managed - Alternate Version Content Review (K-12 Official Review)
    Review of an alternate version of a course, that previously met QM Standards, against the Content Standards ("C") in the K-12 Rubric. Examples: Foundational/Core/Honors levels, fully online versus blended. The findings and scores from a completed Template Review automatically populate into the Content Review to calculate an overall score.
    Member Fee: $400Non-Member Fee: $650
  • QM-Managed - Lab/Component Review (K-12 Pub. Official Review)
    Review of a K-12 Publisher single lab or component to be added to a course. The lab or component is reviewed in its entirety against the Specific Review Standards in the K-12 Rubric designated as applicable to K-12 Publisher courses.
    Member Fee: $1000Non-Member Fee: $1400

K-12 Subscriber-Managed Official Reviews

Organizations with a K-12 Subscriber-Managed Review License can choose to manage and conduct their own Official Course Reviews. This entails management of all paperwork, logistics, and reviewer payments. During an official Subscriber-Managed Course Review, you have access to the same QM tools — the CRMS — as those used in official QM-Managed Reviews, plus additional resources. QM’s role is to provide supporting resources and to recognize courses that meet Standards in an official QM Course Review. QM staff review the process and verify the awarding of the QM Certification Mark for courses that meet or exceed quality expectations.