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. 

Snapshot Collection of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

The Snapshot Collection includes practical examples to support educators' understanding of how to integrate ELA and discipline-specific literacy demands and provide support to students with language development needs. The snapshots are short illustrations of classroom practices (see the Vignettes...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 179
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:15

Reading Across Texts: A Resource for Planning Multiple-Source Comprehension Tasks

College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) set the expectation that students will be able to navigate multiple texts, evaluate the claims that authors make, notice and account for any conflicting points of view, and synthesize information as they develop an understanding of a concept or event. CCRS...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 179
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 11:43

Creating Text Dependent Questions for ELLs: Examples for 6th–8th Grade

This guidance document provides useful tips for constructing text-dependent questions (TDQs) for English language learners (ELLs). In this post from Colorin Colorado!, the authors created TDQs for a middle school informational text that is appropriate for ELLs. These TDQs are based on the authors'...

Number of views: 178
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:31

Mathematics Model Content Framework for K-2

The PARCC Model Content Frameworks Mathematics: Kindergarten Through Grade 2 is designed to bridge standards to instruction and assessment by

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 178
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 12:09

Cinderella: Higher-Level Questions: Thinking About Magic

In this video, the teacher leads an in-depth discussion about the nature of the magic used in a picture-book version of Cinderella.

Number of views: 177
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:59

The American Indian Education KnowledgeBase

The American Indian Education KnowledgeBase is an online resource to aid education professionals in their efforts to serve American Indian (AI) students and close the achievement gap between AI students and other student subgroups. The website resource has four major components, with classroom...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 176
Date created: 09/12/2014 - 12:20

English Language Arts/Literacy High Level Blueprints

PARCC's high level blueprints define the total number of tasks and/or items for any given grade/course assessment. To access the ELA/Literacy blueprints, select the desired grade band from the list below. Grades 3–5 Grades 6–11

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 164
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 19:33

Initial Achievement Level Descriptors and College Content-Readiness Policy - English

Achievement level descriptors (ALDs) are a means of describing performance on a standardized test in terms of levels or categories of performance. Smarter Balanced reports scores relative to four levels of performance, where level 3 reflects on track or at college and career ready, level 4 reflects...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 163
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 14:48