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. 

Let's Hear it for Proficiency

In this blog article, the author argues against the elimination of proficiency standards as recommended by others. He concludes that “properly implemented—and worked into modern-style accountability systems for students, educators, schools, districts, even states—that seems to me the right formula...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 5
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 11:03

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE): College and Career Ready Standards

The NASBE was a key supporter of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This webpage links to many of their resources to help states transition and implement the CCSS in districts and schools.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 10:56

The Common Core Standards: Starting Now

This Educational Leadership magazine article provides guidance on what schools and districts can do to move forward in implementing the Common Core State Standards, given limited resources and time. The authors specifically focus on strategies and resources related to English language arts and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 09:37

Creating Coherence: Common Core State Standards, Teacher Evaluation, and Professional Learning

In this special issues brief, authors Sheri Leo and Jane Coggshall lay out a suggested approach for creating meaningful coherence across three interdependent education reforms: Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluation, and professional learning. The authors provide a recommended approach...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 09:10

Race to the Top-District Action Brief: Establishing the Foundational Conditions for Personalized Learning

This paper provides a blueprint for districts that wish to strengthen their RTTD applications. In it, the author recommends  foundational conditions schools must put in place to transform classrooms and the school itself such that students and educators are ready to implement innovative,...

Number of views: 15
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:47

Common Core Works: From the Page to the Classroom

This webpage includes CCSS professional development videos (and accompanying info) created by the Council of Great City Schools. The videos provide the background of the CCSS and highlight the three shifts that are inherent in these standards.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:41

Implementing the Common Core Standards (ICCS) State Collaborative

The Council of Chief State School Officers convened a collaborative of interested states to work within state teams, across states, and with national experts to discuss and share concrete resources and strategies to meet the challenges and leverage the opportunities presented by implementing...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 33
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:16

The Role of Language and Literacy in College- and Career-Ready Standards: Rethinking Policy and Practice in Support of English Language Learners

This policy brief describes the implementation of new college- and career-ready standards, with a focus on the implications for ELLs; discusses the challenges of language acquisition; and addresses the importance of connecting language proficiency and rigorous content standards for learners. It...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 27
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:14