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. 

Alignment Study Between the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics and the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards, 2007 Edition, PreKindergarten through Grade 12

This report presents the results of a study based on Dr. Gary Cook’s (2005, 2006, 2007) adaptation of Dr. Norman Webb’s (1997) alignment framework. For this study, Cook’s framework was used to examine the relationship between the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (Reading,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 295
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:25

Mathematics Informational Guides to the Summative Assessments

PARCC's Mathematics Test Specification Documents site includes a suite of resources that provide educators with detailed information about the development of mathematics assessment tasks and items. One set of resources are the Informational Guides to the Summative Assessments in Mathematics. These...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 285
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 09:24

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

In this Edutopia blog post, Todd Finley, a professor of English Education at East Carolina University, writes about teaching strategies for visual literacy. Visual literacy is a 21st-century skill and is reflected in several college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core English...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 280
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:04

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science

The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science supports educators conducting in-depth evaluations of the quality of lessons and units that appear in published materials or are educator-created. The EQuIP Rubric for science extends the work of previous...

Number of views: 280
Date created: 06/04/2015 - 14:06

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

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: 273
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 15:59

Blueprint for English Language Learners (ELLs) Success

The Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies, in the New York State Education Department, released a blueprint that describes principles aimed to clarify expectations for administrators, policymakers, and practitioners to prepare English language learners (ELLs) for college and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 268
Date created: 07/09/2014 - 10:47

ELA/Literacy Grade-Level Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool-Quality Review (GIMET-QR)

The GIMET-QR is a tool designed by the Council of the Great City Schools to support educators in evaluating the quality of instructional materials available and making evidence-based selection decisions about the suitability of instructional materials under consideration. The tool is organized into...

Number of views: 264
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 16:46

Understanding Proficiency

Understanding Proficiency is a resource designed to support educators in analyzing and learning from student work on performance tasks in English language arts and math. The site features actual scored student responses to the Smarter Balanced performance tasks, with annotations from practicing...

Number of views: 254
Date created: 01/14/2016 - 14:54