MQI Rubric


The MQI is a Common Core-aligned observational rubric that provides a framework for analyzing mathematics instruction in several domains (described below). Within each of the four domains, individual codes contain score points that categorize instruction into different levels of quality.

As part of the MQI Coaching process, teachers learn to apply these score points to short instructional segments from our MQI Video Library. Doing so introduces teachers to the instrument, both providing definitions for key elements of instructional practice and a grounding in good, better, and excellent instruction within each area.


Common Core-Aligned Student Practices
To what extent are the students, as opposed to the teacher, doing the mathematics of the lesson—engaging in mathematical thinking and reasoning, communicating about mathematics, and solving high-cognitive demand tasks and contextualized problems?

Working with Students and Mathematics
To what extent does the teacher use student mathematical ideas or misconceptions to move the lesson forward?

Richness of the Mathematics
To what extent are teachers and students making sense of the mathematics of the lesson? Are there elements of “why” and not just how? Do the teacher and students attend to precision in their use of mathematical language?

Errors and Imprecision
Is the mathematics of the lesson clear and correct?

Learn more about the MQI Coaching Cycle.
Learn more about the research basis for MQI.