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. 

Common Core Math In The K–8 Classroom: Results from a National Teacher Survey

Based on a survey of elementary and middle school teachers, the authors of this report investigate whether teachers have changed what and how they teach mathematics as represented in the Common Core State Standards. The authors also analyze whether teachers believe that students’ mathematics...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 51
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:40

Listen to Us: Teacher Views and Voices

This survey, conducted by the Center on Education Policy (CEP), provides insight into teachers’ feelings regarding current education issues and their profession.  This national survey of K-12 public school teachers was conducted in the winter of 2015-16. The survey focused on a strategic set of...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 39
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:17

Testing College Readiness

Commissioned by the Massachusetts' Executive Office of Education, this study was designed by Mathematica to provide timely, rigorous evidence on how accurately two tests (MCAS and PARCC) assess college readiness.  Prior to its authorization, there was no reliable evidence that could demonstrate...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 29
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:15

Opt Out: An Examination of Issues

During the past few years, media reports have highlighted an increase in the number of parents who are opting their children out of annual state tests, often called the opt-out movement. In this paper, researcher Randy Bennett examines issues related to the movement including: the amount of time...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 62
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:07

Explaining Common Core to Californians: A Communications Toolkit

From the introduction, "This toolkit, sponsored by the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, is intended to support communicators in framing the issues that surround Common Core implementation. It includes sample communications, as well as annotations that unpack the framing strategy...

Number of views: 20
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:00

Constant Perimeter, Varying Area: A Case Study of Teaching and Learning Mathematics to Design a Fish Rack

This paper describes Math in a Cultural Context: Lessons Learned from Yup’ik Eskimo Elders (MCC modules), a series of modules designed to supplement K–6 mathematics curriculum. The MCC modules are meant to connect mathematics with Yup’ik culture and knowledge in a way that is consistent with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 61
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:20

Achievement Level Setting

In this these two resources, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium describes the process it used to engage with the public as it sought to create achievement levels. Over the course of several weeks, teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, community and business leaders, parents,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 04/25/2016 - 13:36

Achievement Level Descriptors Glossary

The Smarter Balanced glossary includes definitions of key terms used throughout the ELA/literacy and mathematics Achievement Level Descriptor (ALDs). The brief document also includes references to documents like the CCSS apendices, when applicable, to provide users with additional information about...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 42
Date created: 04/21/2016 - 18:31

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