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. 

From Common Core Standards to Curriculum: Five Big Ideas

In this article, curriculum design experts and educators Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins present five big ideas about the Common Core State Standards and their translation into a curriculum. The authors highlight potential misconceptions in working with the Standards and offer recommendations for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 326
Date created: 07/28/2014 - 15:44

PARCC Pearson Portal

This site contains the resources needed for Test Coordinators, Technology Coordinators, and Test Administrators to prepare for and administer PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics Assessments. Resources include technology setup information, manuals and training documents, sample...

Number of views: 324
Date created: 08/17/2017 - 10:19

Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners: Resource Guides for English Language Arts and Mathematics

These resource guides provide information to educators on how to incorporate scaffolds into lesson plans for English language learner (ELL) students. The guides—one in ELA and one in math—were developed by national experts in ELL instruction for the EngageNY curriculum. The scaffolds are based on...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 317
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:22

Instructional Materials Evaluation Toolkit (IMET) - Math

This tool is designed to evaluate comprehensive math curricula (including supplemental materials) for grades K–12 to determine alignment with the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. The IMET can be used as a guide both in vetting existing curricula and in developing new programs.

Number of views: 312
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:27

Released Items

States in the PARCC consortium have released some test items from past PARCC assessments to give teachers a tool to inform and improve classroom teaching and learning.  The catalog of materials that appear on this page includes scoring rubrics and guides to the scoring, as well as released item...

Number of views: 310
Date created: 08/17/2017 - 10:10

The Educator's Guide to Standards Insight: Common Core Standards Unpacked

This is a roadmap to finding the elements in the CCSS that apply to educators. It also includes a tool for schools and teams of teachers to work together to both understand the CCSS and develop curriculum and instruction aligned to the standards.

Number of views: 281
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:47

Fewer, Clearer, Higher Common Core State Standards: Implications for Students Receiving Special Education Services

The goal of the Common Core State Standards is to focus on the knowledge and skills needed by all students so they can be successful in college and careers, including students receiving special services. This publication illustrates five key elements from the International Center’s Special...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 271
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:03

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

In this Edutopia blog post, Todd Finley, a professor of English Education at East Carolina University, writes about teaching strategies for visual literacy. Visual literacy is a 21st-century skill and is reflected in several college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core English...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 259
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:04

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