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. 

English Language Arts/Literacy Formative Assessments (K-2)

PARCC has developed a set of assessment resources designed to support the measurement of student knowledge and skills in the lower grades. The resources included on the K-2 Formative Assessments page align to the Common Core State Standards and to the PARCC assessment system. The documents are...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,215
Date created: 04/22/2015 - 17:09

English Language Arts Performance Level Descriptors

PARCC's English Language Arts/Literacy Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) describe performance expectations for the reading and writing claims. What differentiates current PLDs from those in the past is that current PLDs were developed with the recognition that text complexity is related to the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,036
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 22:22

Academic Word Finder

Academic Word Finder is a tool to support educators interested in identifying academic vocabulary words in text. The tool is designed to identify tier two words from a given text. To use the tool, educators upload text selections that they wish to analyze. Once text analysis is complete, word lists...

Number of views: 982
Date created: 01/11/2016 - 14:35

Text Analysis Worksheets

PARCC's ELA/Literacy site contains a suite of resources that provide educators with detailed information about the development of ELA/literacy assessment tasks, passages, and items. One set of resources on the site are the Text Analysis Worksheets. These tools are a complementary resource to the...

Number of views: 968
Date created: 04/28/2015 - 22:55

Common Core & ELLs: Lesson Plans

Colorín Colorado has published three English language arts (ELA) units that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and target English language learners' (ELLs) literacy and language needs. These units for grades 1, 4, and 8 were developed by a group of teachers from Albuquerque, New Mexico...

Number of views: 868
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:29

Achievement Level Descriptors

The Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) describe four levels of achievement (1-4) across three grade spans: 3-5, 6-8, and High School. The descriptors are organized in two tables, one for English language arts/literacy and the other for mathematics. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 833
Date created: 04/21/2016 - 18:22

English Language Arts Claims Structure

Reading Claim For the reading claim, the performance levels at each grade level are differentiated by three factors: Text complexity The range of accuracy in expressing reading comprehension demonstrated in student responses; and The quality of evidence cited from sources read These claims reflect ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 822
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 21:13

Relationships and convergences among the mathematics, science, and ELA practices

A product of the Stanford University Understanding Language initiative, this Venn diagram is a tool that effectively illustrates the overlap and grouping of student practices (and student capacities) from four sets of seminal documents: the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language...

Number of views: 820
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:26

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