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. 

Video: Teaching Students to Examine Craft Moves and Author’s Intent in Mentor Persuasive Essay in Order to Support Revision (5-8)

This is a video of a middle school writing lesson aligned to college and career ready standards. The teacher states that the purpose of the day's work is to raise the level of student writing by making strong and persuasive arguments. During the lesson, the students analyze a model paragraph in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 237
Date created: 05/02/2014 - 13:47

Professional Learning Modules for the Common Core State Standards: Assessment Literacy

As part of its Common Core State Standards (CCSS) professional learning module series, the California Department of Education, in collaboration with the San Joaquin Valley County Office of Education, has developed an online module focused on the topic of assessment literacy. The resource is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 238
Date created: 09/29/2015 - 15:38

MDC Introductory Guide to Formative Assessment Workshop

The Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) provides instructional tools and professional support services meant to help teachers collect ongoing and immediate evidence of student learning. The instructional tools include formative assessment lessons (FALs), known as Classroom Challenges, as well as...

Number of views: 229
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:26

The 5x8 Card

The 5x8 Card is designed for (and with) school principals to help them observe students' use of Practice Standards that are an integral part of the Common Core State Standards Mathematics (CCSS-M). The Card was developed by a Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) team working in...

Number of views: 226
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 18:06

English Language Arts Model Content Frameworks for Grades 3-11

The PARCC Model Content Frameworks are resources designed to bridge standards to instruction and assessment by clarifying areas of emphasis in each grade; specifying grade to grade changes in expectations; and offering illustrative curriculum sequences. The resource site provides educators with...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 225
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 20:28

Addressing Disciplinary Literacy Knowledge in the Common Core State Standards

This article from the Illinois Reading Council discusses the connections between Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and disciplinary literacy. Although related, disciplinary literacy and content area literacy differ in purpose and substance. Inquiry is at the heart of practices in disciplinary...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 213
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:12

Uncommonly Engaging? A Review of the EngageNY English Language Arts Common Core Curriculum

This resource reports on a review of the EngageNY ELA curriculum. It asks the questions, "Is it a high-quality product? Is it well aligned to the Common Core? Is it teachable?" It provides an in-depth review of EngageNY’s alignment to the CCSS ELA standards by grade band along the following...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 210
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:38

Cinderella: Identifying Evidence from the Text

In this video clip, the teacher explains to two students how to find and use evidence from the text while reading a picture-book version of Cinderella. She encourages her students to differentiate between the information they learn from illustrations and from the text and also introduces them to...

Number of views: 204
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 16:19

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