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. 

Getting a Handle on the Standards - Worksheet 1 Browsing the Mathematics CCSS

In general, the Mathematics CCSS are described in more detail and organized differently from most States’ previous Mathematics standards. Across all grades, the Mathematics CCSS focus on depth of learning rather than on breadth of coverage. Before reading the Mathematics CCSS in detail, a useful...

Number of views: 128
Date created: 05/29/2015 - 15:06

Video Viewing Protocol: Understanding the King - MLK Speech Analysis

This viewing protocol for the America Achieves video, Understanding the King - MLK Speech Analysis, can support teachers as they acquire a deeper understanding of how to align their instruction with College and Career Readiness standards (CCRS).

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 115
Date created: 02/25/2015 - 16:15

Getting a Handle on the Standards - Worksheet 3 Studying the Old and New Standards - ELA & Literacy

Use Worksheet #3 to record your comparison of old and new ELA standards. Below are instructions for comparing Standards as found in the resource, Getting a Handle on the Standards.

Number of views: 112
Date created: 05/29/2015 - 15:16

Assessing English Learners Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as Amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), includes new provisions that are designed to support ELs’ participation in statewide testing. To facilitate testing of ELs and to support their testing participation, ESSA includes stipulations for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 110
Date created: 03/08/2019 - 09:54

Getting a Handle on the Standards - Worksheet 2 Interpreting the K-12 Standards for Mathematical Practice

Using Worksheet #2, follow the instructions below to begin the process of understanding the Practice Standards. The activity can be completed individually, in pairs, or in small groups.

Number of views: 105
Date created: 05/29/2015 - 15:10

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: 103
Date created: 06/01/2015 - 14:02

ELA Gazette

The CCRS Gazette template is used to guide teachers' analysis of the standards as a collection of grade-level expectations.

Number of views: 84
Date created: 06/01/2015 - 14:01

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: 76
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 14:33