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. 

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: 1,859
Date created: 09/17/2014 - 10:57

Building Blocks, Learning Goals, and Success Criteria: Planning Instruction and Formative Assessment for K-8 Math 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 for K-8 math college- and career-ready standards. The resource addresses two essential processes: (1) determining the series of changes...

Number of views: 1,569
Date created: 09/17/2014 - 11:27

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

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: 801
Date created: 09/17/2014 - 10:46

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

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: 614
Date created: 11/06/2013 - 16:22

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: 519
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: 451
Date created: 12/15/2014 - 13:24

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