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. 

Next Generation Standards Alignment of Digital Education Resources

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) launched a project in June 2012 in partnership with PARCC and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium – and in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers – to design and implement an approach to digitally encode...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 19
Date created: 01/03/2014 - 14:43

Achieve the Core

The Achieve the Core website, created by Student Achievement Partners, contains free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Developed in the spirit of collaboration, the website includes many tools designed to provide foundational...

Number of views: 22
Date created: 12/19/2013 - 09:26

Testing and Common Core

This article, published in American School magazine by the American School Board Journal, says that the goal of testing and assessment that will come with the Common Core is to encourage a more thoughtful approach to teaching and learning. The author says that that goal, however, is fraught with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 14
Date created: 12/17/2013 - 10:24

Assessment Principles and Guidelines for ELLs with Disabilities

Published by the National Center on Educational Outcomes, this document looks at improving the validity of assessment results for English language learners with disabilities. This report presents five core principles of valid assessments for this population of students, along with a brief rationale...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 31
Date created: 12/17/2013 - 10:22

Moving Beyond the Mainstream: Helping Diverse Learners Master the Common Core

This special issue of Education Week looks at the challenges that educators face in adapting the Common Core State Standards for students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and gifted students. Articles include the implementation of the CCSS by teachers and schools, collaboration between...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 24
Date created: 12/17/2013 - 10:19

Access for All: Six Principles for Principals to Consider in Implementing CCSS for Students with Disabilities

This short article published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals says that under various state-developed standards and assessments, accommodations for students with disabilities have not been adequately addressed or have been ignored. It claims that the Common Core State...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 91
Date created: 12/17/2013 - 10:15

Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts

WestEd's Teacher Professional Development Program developed the "Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts" in conjunction with the Understanding Language Initiative. The goal of this unit (involving five conceptually linked lessons) is to provide exemplars...

Number of views: 60
Date created: 12/13/2013 - 10:09

Common Core in the Schools: A First Look at Reading Assignments

Within months of the release of the final draft of the Common Core State Standards, forty-six states and the District of Columbia had adopted the CCSS standards for English language arts. Soon thereafter, districts and schools across most of the U.S. began the hard work of implementing those...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 20
Date created: 12/13/2013 - 10:06

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