Evaluation Services

Focused ED evaluates digital and print learning resources to provide teachers with relevant information, so they may decide if, when and how to use a resource for classroom instruction. 

Digital resources which are included in the Digital Classroom Collection have been evaluated for use, as part of the procurement process. A PIA template is available for the collection.


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Understanding Evaluation Services

Evaluations are based on criteria which includes, but is not limited to, B.C. curriculum match, content relevance, age-related considerations, social considerations, and design elements.

Focused Education does not approve resources. We provide criteria-based information to inform decision-making by districts, schools, and teachers. 

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What We Evaluate

We evaluate print and digital resources for classroom use.

We focus on novels, picture books, and non-fiction reference materials. We evaluate educational websites which are publicly accessible or accessible through anonymized logins, and are not fee-based. 

Resource evaluation is an ongoing process. Social issues emerge that prompt a new review of social considerations. Digital resources evolve that require fresh attention. 

Depending on when a resource was written or when it was evaluated, it may be that reviews contain information and terminology that seems dated. As capacity permits, we review earlier records for relevancy.

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Responsibility for Selection

Teachers, schools and districts are responsible for resource selection.

  • Be aware of local policies and procedures related to resource selection
  • Read the full evaluations within the K-12 Evaluated Resource Collection and determine the best fit for classroom use
  • Take this online course independently or with colleagues, to develop further understanding of the resource selection process, and to access a visual model of the process. 

Selecting Learning Resources for the Classroom

  • Use this template to review resources which have not been evaluated by Focused Education

Resource Review Template 


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Becoming an Evaluator

Evaluators are selected and appointed by the BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF).

Once appointed, Focused Education  provides evaluators with two online evaluator training courses. Following the training, evaluators are assigned in pairs to conduct the resource evaluations.

Educators interested in becoming an evaluator should view the BC Teachers' Federation webpage for information on the application process, which occurs between January – March most years.

We seek evaluators from all regions of the province. We encourage applications from teachers with diverse representation and experiences.

BC Teachers' Federation Member Opportunities

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Members: Submit a Resource Evaluation Request

Members may request an evaluation of resources that they intend to use in the classroom for instruction and/or student assignments with a whole class or groups of students. 

Before submitting a request, search the K-12 Evaluated Resource Collection to confirm that the resource has not been previously evaluated.

We first review these requests for relevancy, currency, availability of distribution, provincial wide scope, and general classroom suitability before scheduling a resource into the evaluation process. The full evaluation cycle occurs in three sessions per year: summer, fall and winter. A resource evaluation may be completed and posted within a 6-8 month period.

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Member Access

Get access to enhanced member-only content with a user account:

  • Member Directory
  • Evaluated Resources
  • PIA Templates & Resources
  • Procurement Agreements