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. 

State Standards for Information, Media, and Digital Literacy

The following states have adopted specific learning standards related to information, digital, and media literacy. Alaska Digital Literacy Standards Arizona Educational Technology Standard Arkansas

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,240
Date created: 03/29/2017 - 10:44

South Carolina STEAM Implementation Continuum

“The purpose of the South Carolina STEAM Implementation Continuum is to provide statewide guidance and consistency with regard to STEAM implementation. To accomplish that purpose, the document sets forth a common language for STEAM implementation and establishes indicators in a continuum format...

Number of views: 1,221
Date created: 01/11/2017 - 14:38

What is STEAM?

This webpage introduces the concept of STEAM and how it differs from STEM. Along with other orienting information from its dropdown menu on “STEAM Basics,” including the page “How to STEAM,” this website provides teachers and administrators with practical information to integrate arts into cross-...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,214
Date created: 01/11/2017 - 12:06

Generation STEM: The Four Cs of Next Generation Engineering Standards

This article aligns the "four Cs"—collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication—from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (2004) to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The author advocates that the NGSS lay out a vision of science education that embraces a project-...

Number of views: 1,188
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 09:52

CommonLit

From the website: "CommonLit is a free digital collection of fiction and nonfiction for classrooms... [It] delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 5-12. Our resources are: Flexible; Research-Based; Aligned to the Common Core State...

Number of views: 1,163
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 15:57

Seven Keys to Effective Feedback

In this short article, author and former teacher Grant Wiggins says that helpful feedback is goal-referenced; tangible and transparent; actionable; user-friendly (specific and personalized); timely; ongoing; and consistent. He provides many examples from sports and the classroom to support his...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,146
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:32

Academic Word Finder

Academic Word Finder is a tool to support educators interested in identifying academic vocabulary words in text. The tool is designed to identify tier two words from a given text. To use the tool, educators upload text selections that they wish to analyze. Once text analysis is complete, word lists...

Number of views: 1,128
Date created: 01/11/2016 - 14:35

Language Objectives: The Key to Effective Content Area Instruction for English Learners

From the website: "In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Jennifer Himmel of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides an overview of how to use language objectives in content-area instruction for English learners. Her overview includes:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,127
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:10

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