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 & ELLs: Lesson Plans

Colorín Colorado has published three English language arts (ELA) units that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and target English language learners' (ELLs) literacy and language needs. These units for grades 1, 4, and 8 were developed by a group of teachers from Albuquerque, New Mexico...

Number of views: 896
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:29

Relationships and convergences among the mathematics, science, and ELA practices

A product of the Stanford University Understanding Language initiative, this Venn diagram is a tool that effectively illustrates the overlap and grouping of student practices (and student capacities) from four sets of seminal documents: the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language...

Number of views: 875
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:26

English Language Arts Claims Structure

Reading Claim For the reading claim, the performance levels at each grade level are differentiated by three factors: Text complexity The range of accuracy in expressing reading comprehension demonstrated in student responses; and The quality of evidence cited from sources read These claims reflect ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 835
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 21:13

NGSS Evidence Statements for High School

The NGSS evidence statements for high school provide additional details about what students should know and be able to do at the end of instruction to demonstrate proficiency for each high school performance expectation in the NGSS. Further, the evidence statements describe how students can use the...

Number of views: 833
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:13

The WWWDOT Approach to Improving Students’ Critical Evaluation of Websites

"The WWWDOT Approach to Improving Students’ Critical Evaluation of Websites" by Drs. Shenglan Zhang, Nell K. Duke, and Laura M. Jiménez is an article in The Reading Teacher. The framework encourages students to think about at least six dimensions when evaluating a website: (1) Who wrote this and...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 833
Date created: 03/31/2017 - 17:06

Mathematics Evidence Statements

PARCC has made available a series of Mathematics Test Specifications Documents. These resources include a set of Evidence Statements that describe the knowledge and skills that are assessed by items and tasks, and are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. These documents are organized...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 823
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 22:02

Web Alignment Tool

Using Norman Webb’s depth-of-knowledge (DOK) levels, the Web Alignment Tool (WAT) is a web-based application that automates the process of aligning state education standards with standardized tests. This tool makes it possible to gauge the alignment between the standards and the assessment based on...

Number of views: 820
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:07

Formative Assessment: Examples of Practice

To help educators better understand formative assessment, this paper provides examples and counter-examples of formative assessment in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Using the five attributes (i.e., learning progressions, learning goals and criteria for success, descriptive...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 809
Date created: 09/07/2017 - 11:47

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