The following standards implementation rubrics are designed support PD providers as they self-assess how well their programs align with the CSTA Standards for CS Teachers and key principles of effective PD. 

The content covered in individual PD workshops may be very different depending on the focus and priorities of the PD, and the level of expertise and prior experience of the participants. Not every measure is necessary for every PD, but over the long range, quality PD should cover the breadth of knowledge needed for a teacher to meet these Standards.


PD providers can use the provided rubrics to reflect and self-assess their programs when they are:

  • Designing a new PD program
  • Updating an existing PD program
  • Communicating about an existing PD program  

Choose a Rubric

Two rubrics are provided:

  • Full Rubric for PD provided over multiple days or weeks: Tabs within this spreadsheet align with each of the five Standards and include multiple subcategories of criteria that serve as benchmarks for PD experiences.
  • Mini-Rubric for short workshops (PD provided to one day): Key aspects of PD are summarized within each of the five content areas to evaluate how the PD clearly communicates what is covered to participants, where it models good practices, and what tools or resources are provided for teachers to implement in their classroom.

Full Rubric


Complete Your Reflection

Have at least one and ideally two or more members of your team complete the chosen rubric to the best of their ability, evaluating how well your proposed or existing PD program addresses each of the Standards for CS Teachers.

Afterwards find time to review your decisions and have a discussion with team members responsible for designing your program. Discuss the following questions:

  • Which standards are addressed most extensively?
  • Where are there gaps and are those gaps intentional? 
  • Is there any “low hanging fruit” identified that could improve the PD program?
  • How might the PD experience fit into a broader learning journey for teachers? 
  • How are teachers connected to additional PD experiences, especially to target standards missing in this PD?
  • Which areas for improvement feel most important to target next?

Take notes throughout your discussion and note what themes emerge. In total you should expect this process to take roughly 2 – 3 hours, with an hour set aside to complete the rubric and 1 – 2 hours used in the subsequent discussion.

Note that these rubrics are designed to spur discussion and reflection, not to rank PD programs. Categories in the rubric are relative and the greatest benefit from this exercise comes from discussions with peers.

License & Attribution

Authors: Dianne O’Grady-Cunniff, GT Wrobel, Jared O’Leary, Chrystalla Mouza, Rebecca Dovi, Grant Smith, Jiang Li, Julie Molnar, Justin Cannady, Maya McCoy, and Renee Henderson

Suggested Citation: O’Grady-Cunniff, D., Wrobel, G.T., O’Leary, J., Mouza, C., Dovi, R., Smith, G., Li, J., Molnar, J., Cannady, J., McCoy, M., and Henderson, R. (2020). PD Alignment Rubrics. CSTA Standards for CS Teachers. Retrieved from

This rubric was inspired by the Teacher Accessibility, Equity, and Content (TEC) Rubric for Evaluating Computing Curricula developed by David Weintrop, Merijke Coenraad, Jen Palmer, and Diana Franklin.

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License: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

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