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. 

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: 1,133
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 19:27

High School Graduation Requirements in a Time of College and Career Readiness

Ensuring that students graduate high school prepared for college and careers has become a national priority in the last decade. To support this goal, states have adopted rigorous college and career readiness (CCR) standards in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Additionally, states have...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 254
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:22

Reading Across Texts: A Resource for Planning Multiple-Source Comprehension Tasks

College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) set the expectation that students will be able to navigate multiple texts, evaluate the claims that authors make, notice and account for any conflicting points of view, and synthesize information as they develop an understanding of a concept or event. CCRS...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 179
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 11:43

Achieving College- and Career-Ready Success with Formative Assessment

​CSAI team members Barbara Jones and Sandy Chang shared the following information during CSAI's annual conference, held on December 10-11, 2015. The presentation introduces CSAI curriculum and instruction resources for creating and refining lessons to support CCRS success.  For more information...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 83
Date created: 09/17/2016 - 12:36

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Webinar and Presentation

CSAI has recently been involved in disseminating information about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). On August 30, 2016, CSAI Co-Director Deb Sigman presented information about the assessment and accountability provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act on behalf of the Southeast...

Number of views: 240
Date created: 09/02/2016 - 08:57

Item Writing Guides and Item Exemplars (ELA & Math)

CSAI has developed two resources to support educators interested in deepening their knowledge of assessment design and assessment literacy. These two resources, specific to English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, are designed to enhance educators' ability to recognize and create high-quality...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 863
Date created: 07/26/2016 - 17:42

CSAI Presentations at NCSA 2016

At CCSSO's 2016 National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA), CSAI Co-Directors Andy Latham and Deborah Sigman, Associate Director Joan Herman, and Content Advisor Margaret Heritage presented on topics related to assessment and accountability policy. Their presentations are found below. For...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 167
Date created: 06/24/2016 - 14:10

Assessment and Accountability Presentation

CSAI Co-Director Deb Sigman and Associate Director Joan Herman presented at the West Comprehensive Center on the implications of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on state assessment and accountability systems. This information can help RCCs and SEAs address assessment, accountability, and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 456
Date created: 03/29/2016 - 11:56

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