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. 

Snapshot Collection of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

The Snapshot Collection includes practical examples to support educators' understanding of how to integrate ELA and discipline-specific literacy demands and provide support to students with language development needs. The snapshots are short illustrations of classroom practices (see the Vignettes...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 185
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:15

Rigor Redefined

In this short article, which appeared in the journal Educational Leadership, Tony Wagner presents a brief summary of his research on 21st century skills and academic rigor. Wagner spoke with several hundred business, nonprofit, philanthropic, and education leaders on the skills young people needed...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 183
Date created: 06/26/2014 - 11:32

Reading Across Texts: A Resource for Planning Multiple-Source Comprehension Tasks

College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) set the expectation that students will be able to navigate multiple texts, evaluate the claims that authors make, notice and account for any conflicting points of view, and synthesize information as they develop an understanding of a concept or event. CCRS...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 182
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 11:43

Mathematics Model Content Framework for K-2

The PARCC Model Content Frameworks Mathematics: Kindergarten Through Grade 2 is designed to bridge standards to instruction and assessment by

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 181
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 12:09

Creating Text Dependent Questions for ELLs: Examples for 6th–8th Grade

This guidance document provides useful tips for constructing text-dependent questions (TDQs) for English language learners (ELLs). In this post from Colorin Colorado!, the authors created TDQs for a middle school informational text that is appropriate for ELLs. These TDQs are based on the authors'...

Number of views: 179
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:31

Cinderella: Higher-Level Questions: Thinking About Magic

In this video, the teacher leads an in-depth discussion about the nature of the magic used in a picture-book version of Cinderella.

Number of views: 178
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:59

Mathematics Stimulus Considerations

Smarter Balanced uses stimulus materials to provide context or information for the item or task to which the student must respond. In mathematics, the stimulus is the text, source, and/or graphic about which the item is written. This presentation provides explanations about the use of stimuli in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 177
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 13:51

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: 172
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 10:30