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. 

Evidence-Centered Design: A Summary

In this brief, Herman and Linn define evidence-centered design (ECD) and its relationship to PARCC and Smarter Balanced consortia assessments. ECD is a principled approach with interrelated stages for assessment development and validation. The main purpose for ECD is to support a close...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 72
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 14:33

Selecting Text tool

The Selecting Text Tool, also found in the close reading resource, guides teachers in the process of selecting texts that provide appropriate levels of challenge for their students.

Number of views: 513
Date created: 02/23/2015 - 14:32

What's Learned First, What's Learned Together? Developing a Yearlong Plan from the K–12 College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy

This resource provides teachers with a process to carefully study how the standards are structured to support English language arts and content-area learning and to arrange them into a yearlong plan that makes instructional sense for their students. The resource addresses two essential steps in the...

Number of views: 446
Date created: 12/15/2014 - 13:24

Building Blocks, Learning Goals, and Success Criteria: Planning Instruction and Formative Assessment for K–12 English Language Arts and Literacy Standards

This resource assists teachers in moving from a Yearlong Plan to establishing Learning Goals and Success Criteria for daily lesson plans and formative assessment. This resource is applicable to all states' CCRS, including the CCSS. It is part of a series produced by the Center for Standards and...

Number of views: 1,836
Date created: 09/17/2014 - 10:57

Developing and Refining Lessons: Planning Learning and Formative Assessment for Math College and Career Ready Standards

This resource provides guidance for teachers in the design of daily lessons that support student learning of the math college- and career- ready standards (CCRS). This resource emphasizes the formative assessment process in lesson planning and improvement, such as strategies to elicit evidence,...

Number of views: 773
Date created: 09/17/2014 - 10:46

Close Reading Text Cover Sheet

The Text Cover Sheet provides a space for teachers to analyze a text, then identify and record for instructional purposes (1) the standards addressed; (2) reading purposes and text content; and (3) text and language challenges and connections. It accompanies the resource Supporting Students in...

Number of views: 414
Date created: 03/11/2014 - 17:00

Supporting Students in Close Reading

This resource guides teachers in the process of instructional planning for close reading with students. It is one in a series produced by the Center for Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI). The series’ goal is to assist teachers and those who support teachers to plan teaching and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,252
Date created: 02/10/2014 - 14:55

Getting a Handle on the Standards

This resource addresses key shifts in learning and teaching represented in the CCRS with a focus on understanding the Common Core State Standards. It provides an introduction to the CCSS and outlines a detailed process that teachers can use to become knowledgeable about the standards and prepare to...

Number of views: 596
Date created: 11/06/2013 - 16:22

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