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. 

Strategies for Social and Emotional Learning: Preschool and Elementary Grade Student Learning Standards and Assessment

This brief, published by the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, provides information and strategies to implement and assess SEL in schools and districts. The purposes of the brief are to: (1) describe standards for an SEL program, (2) introduce teacher-rated...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 332
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 13:52

High-Leverage Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

New college and career ready standards (CCRS) have established more rigorous expectations of learning for all learners, including EL students, than what was expected in previous standards. A common feature in these new content-area standards is their emphasis on students’ use of language to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 981
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 19:27

The Connection: Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five and WIDA Early English Language Development Standards

The WIDA Early English Language Development (E-ELD) Standards were developed to identify and support language acquisition for children at ages 2.5–5.5 years whose home languages include a language other than English. This resource provides guidance for using the WIDA E-ELD Standards and Framework...

Number of views: 49
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 16:08

English Learner Tool Kit for State and Local Education Agencies (SEAs and LEAs)

This toolkit was released in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) and the U.S.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 130
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:48

Backward Design for Forward Action

This publication provides a concise overview of a three-stage, data-driven backward planning process to improve student learning. This backward design process proposes systemic changes at the classroom, school, and district levels in order to develop meaningful assessments and learning plans. The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 142
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:20

Knowing the Score: The Who, What, and Why of Testing

This brief provides information about K–12 testing with the goal of helping parents, educators, policymakers, and others make decisions about testing policies in their community and state. Background information is provided, as well as answers to common questions about K–12 testing, including the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 48
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

Vignette Collection of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

The Vignette Collection resource is a compilation of in-depth classroom lesson examples. Each vignette is intended to illustrate a specific literacy practice (i.e., close reading, summarizing informational texts, etc.). Vignettes follow a standard format and typically include most of the following...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 126
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:16

Snapshot Collection of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

The Snapshot Collection includes practical examples to support educators' understanding of how to integrate ELA and discipline-specific literacy demands and provide support to students with language development needs. The snapshots are short illustrations of classroom practices (see the Vignettes...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 169
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:15

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