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. 

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: 454
Date created: 03/29/2016 - 11:56

The Common Core Initiative, Education Outcomes and American Indian/Alaska Native Students: Observations and Recommendations

This monograph explores the ways in which large-scale school reform efforts play out in American Indian/Alaska Native communities and schools, starting from a historical and cultural perspective, and focusing on the translation of research into concrete steps leading to American Indian/Alaska ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 333
Date created: 12/18/2015 - 09:38

CSAI-Developed Curriculum and Instruction Resources: User Guide for Education Leaders

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) has developed a series of resources to assist teachers and those who support teachers to plan teaching and learning of College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) for all students. Each resource in the series supports implementation of the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 745
Date created: 11/04/2015 - 13:43

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: 843
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: 232
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: 753
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: 297
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: 54
Date created: 06/01/2015 - 14:04

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