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. 

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

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

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: 170
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 14:48

English Language Arts/Literacy High Level Blueprints

PARCC's high level blueprints define the total number of tasks and/or items for any given grade/course assessment. To access the ELA/Literacy blueprints, select the desired grade band from the list below. Grades 3–5 Grades 6–11

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 167
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 19:33

CCSS Systems Implementation Guide

The California Department of Education’s online CCSS Systems Implementation Guide was developed to support local education agencies (LEAs) in developing their own local plan for CCSS implementation, based on local needs and resources. The online guide is organized into seven guiding strategies,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 160
Date created: 08/26/2014 - 14:55

Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP)

EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) is an initiative designed to identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The objectives are 1) to increase the supply of high quality lessons and units aligned to the CSSS for elementary,...

Number of views: 159
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:37

Introduction to Smarter Balanced Item and Performance Task Development Procedure

The following presentation introduces educators to commonly used terms and concepts that are part of the development of items and performance tasks. In the presentation, educators will: be introduced to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium; learn more about the Common Core State Standards and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 159
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 12:21

English Learner Tool Kit for State and Local Education Agencies (SEAs and LEAs)

This toolkit was released in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) and the U.S.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 157
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:48

Cinderella (4th Grade Unit)

This examplar fourth grade unit contains six lessons and is based on a picture-book version of Cinderella. Activities include interactive readings, embedded vocabulary instruction, mini lessons on context clues and idioms, and an opportunity for students to write their own fairy tale.

Number of views: 154
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:52