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. 

Common Core and America's High-Achieving Students

From the author: "While the merit and politics of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been much debated and discussed, one topic has been virtually ignored: What do the standards portend for America’s high-ability students? This brief addresses that question and provides guidance for CCSS-...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 73
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:25

“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: 150
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

New Science Standards: A Readiness Assessment for State Boards of Education

From the Publisher: "This document consists of a self-assessment matrix—a Standards Readiness Assessment—as well as guidance and explanations that SBE (state board of education) members can use interactively to help determine their state’s overall readiness to adopt and implement science standards...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 11
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 16:00

Next Generation Science Assessments

In this Policy Update, NASBE’s Deputy Executive Director, Francis Eberle, provides policy considerations for state boards of education around creating comprehensive approaches to monitor and assess students’ progress towards the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Given that the NGSS...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 40
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:51

Performance Assessments: How State Policy Can Advance Assessments for 21st Century Learning

From the abstract: "Employers, postsecondary institutions, and civic leaders are urging greater focus on 21st century skills essential for college, career, and civic success: problem solving, interpersonal skills, and collaboration, among others. In response to these demands, states across the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 52
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:22

The Linked Learning Advantage: Using Linked Learning to Implement the Common Core State Standards

This brief examines how Linked Learning, an approach to high school reform that prepares students for college and careers by connecting learning in the classroom with real-world applications outside the school, offers an advantage to teachers, schools, and districts implementing the Common Core...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:21

Research Brief: Designing an Assessment System that Measures Three-Dimensional Science Learning

From the publishers: "Many districts and states need an assessment system that aligns with the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education and NGSS to determine whether students are developing proficiency in science and whether students have adequate opportunities for “three- dimensional” science...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 40
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:01

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