Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

NGSS Demystified: A Toolkit for Training Teachers

This toolkit, provided by the California Academy of Sciences, facilitates training of K-12 educators on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The toolkit is organized into roughly 30-minute activities designed to introduce and familiarize educators with the NGSS, as well as each of its...

Number of views: 287
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 15:00

Equations and Inequalities: Making Mathematics Accessible to All

This report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is based on results from the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial international survey designed to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 25
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:52

Math in a Cultural Context

Math in a Cultural Context (MCC) is set of interrelated, federally-funded projects that collaborate with Yup’ik elders, teachers, and Alaskan school districts to create culturally-based curriculum materials. MCC has produced supplemental mathematics modules (three for grade 2, one for grades 3–5,...

Number of views: 146
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:07

Handbook for Culturally Responsive Science Curriculum

This handbook presents an overview of culturally responsive Alaska Native science curriculum, including vignettes and samples of classroom lessons. The author describes ways in which existing learning models can be modified to include Alaskan Native methods for teaching and learning, with...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 297
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:06

The Case for Change : A Review of Contemporary Research on Indigenous Education Outcomes

From the Publisher: This Australian Education Review report "examines the research evidence underpinning current [Australian] government policy developed over the last two decades in an attempt to improve the educational outcomes of Indigenous students. It reviews and analyzes existing educational...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 48
Date created: 10/01/2015 - 09:59

The Need to Use Evidence in School-Based K–12 Improvement Efforts

In this brief paper, the author suggests that "to empower teachers to use data effectively, schools and districts need to engage in the systematic collection and analysis of evidence as part of an ongoing school improvement cycle." Based on research and practice, she identifies and explains "four...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 76
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:01

“Why Are There So Many Words in Math?”: Planning for Content-Area Vocabulary Instruction

This article, published by the National Council of Teachers of English, describes a planning tool for vocabulary instruction called the 5 Cs. It was developed to help teachers consider which words to teach in content-area classes such as mathematics, science, and social studies. The tool supports...

Number of views: 152
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:22

Centered on Results: Assessing the Impact of Student-Centered Learning

This Nellie Mae report provides information on a series of mixed-method, commissioned studies that evaluate the effect of a variety of student-centered practices in secondary schools.  The studies help illustrate what student-centered learning can look like in a range of contexts, including high...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 27
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 16:03

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