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. 

NCEO e-Newsletter

This is the first issue of the National Center on Educational Outcomes e-newsletter. In this issue, NCEO highlights the whirlwind of changes that we are all experiencing – the CCSS, the assessment consortia, shifting assessment policies, flexibility waivers, and more – and how they all relate to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:10

The Common Core Standards: A Defense

In this short article, Grant Wiggins argues that there is no such thing as Nebraska Algebra or Virginia Reading.  Rather, he argues that the Common Core State Standards are a good thing. As evidence he points to the huge disparity in performance on state NAEP, which shows that only 19% of...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 9
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:08

New Assessments, Better Instruction? Designing Assessment Systems to Promote Instructional Improvement

The Hewlett Foundation commissioned RAND to review research about the effects of assessment and to summarize what is known about assessment as a lever for reform. To explore the likely influence of new assessments on teaching practice and the conditions that moderate that relationship, researchers...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 19
Date created: 10/21/2013 - 10:43

California Common Core State Standards English Language Arts & Literacy

The CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy are intended to build on the rigor of the state’s previous English language arts standards, incorporating current research and input from other educational sources—including state departments of education, scholars, professional organizations, teachers and other...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 14
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:47

California Common Core State Standards Mathematics

The California Common Core State Standards Mathematics are intended to build on California’s standards-based educational system in which curriculum, instruction, professional learning, assessment, and accountability are aligned to support student attainment of the standards. California additions to...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 446
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:44

New York Common Core Toolkit

In January 2011, the New York State Board of Regents adopted the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), which include the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a small amount of additional standards uniquely added by New York State.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 25
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 11:26

Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core State Standards

The International Reading Association (IRA) created this document to address specific literacy issues related to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The paper focuses on issues that have proven to be especially confusing or challenging to implement. This implementation...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 158
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 10:30

Treating Common-Core Syndrome

This article provides the author’s perspective and recommendations on how to assure that the Common Core State Standards become a long-term support to improved teaching and learning rather than falling by the wayside as have so many previous education reform movements.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 12
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 10:27

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