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. 

Overview of Major Assessment Types in Standards-Based Instruction

This overview is designed to help state education agencies, local education agencies, schools, educators, partner organizations, and other stakeholders understand the differences between major assessment types in standards-based instruction. Formative, Diagnostic, Interim/Benchmark, and Summative...

Number of views: 442
Date created: 11/02/2016 - 17:23

ELA Building Blocks of a Standard

This tool is used to record the Learning Goals and Success Criteria of lesson-sized stacks of Building Blocks. Teachers may choose to use one template per stack or record multiple stacks on the same template.

Number of views: 817
Date created: 09/23/2015 - 16:47

Lesson Reflection

Teachers use this tool after the completion of a lesson in order to consider various features of the lesson and plan for future improvement.

Number of views: 226
Date created: 06/01/2015 - 14:10

Lesson Planning with Formative Assessment

Teachers use this tool to plan the learning experiences and evidence gathering strategies that will support student learning and formative assessment. This tool is designed to be used in tandem with the “Lesson Hot Spots” tool.

Number of views: 727
Date created: 06/01/2015 - 14:09

Lesson Hot Spots

This tool is designed to be used in tandem with the “Lesson Planning with Formative Assessment” tool. Teachers use this tool to record and plan for varying levels of prior knowledge and experience, potential student challenges and responses, and language demands and opportunities.

Number of views: 283
Date created: 06/01/2015 - 14:07

Selecting Text Tool

This tool is designed to help teachers make appropriate text selections for their classroom. For additional information, see the complementary CSAI resource, Supporting Students in Close Reading.

Number of views: 53
Date created: 06/01/2015 - 14:04

Making Connections

The Making Connections template helps teachers to study the standards as learning progressions and to identify connections between the standards.

Number of views: 141
Date created: 06/01/2015 - 14:03

Secondary School Yearlong Planning Template for ELA

The Yearlong Plan template is used to organize the new and recurring work of the grade-level into a thoughtful sequence of learning for the year.

Number of views: 98
Date created: 06/01/2015 - 14:02

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