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. 

Overview of the Common Core State Standards Initiatives for ELLs

The purpose of this brief from TESOL is to provide an overview of the policies behind the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. The paper outlines some initiatives that are in place (as of the time of publication) to address the needs of English language learners (...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 79
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 12:55

Determining How Much Background Knowledge to Provide for ELLs

The topics of this blog post, written by ELL and literacy expert Diane Fenner, relate to close reading, Common Core, background knowledge, and English language learners (ELLs). There has been considerable debate regarding how much background knowledge is appropriate for ELL students, and this post...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 22
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 12:53

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: 875
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:26

Text Complexity in the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System

This paper presents the research-based decisions that determine text complexity within the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System (DLM). In this paper, factors related to text complexity found in college and career readiness standards (and in particular the Common Core State Standards)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:05

Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School

This educator practice guide is part of the What Works Clearinghouse. From the IES abstract: “This practice guide provides four recommendations that address what works for English learners during reading and content area instruction. Each recommendation includes extensive examples of activities...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 45
Date created: 09/18/2014 - 09:35

Cutting to the Common Core: The Benefits of Narrow Reading Units

Kate Kinsella advocates for the use of “narrow reading” units as ways to build word knowledge and literate discourse for English learners and under-resourced students. Narrow reading is the reading of several texts by one author or about a single topic of interest.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 74
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:18

The Core Six: 6 Essential Teaching Strategies for Excellence

What if you only had time and money to use and purchase six tools to teach your entire curriculum? What would those six tools be? According to the authors, those six tools are: (1) Reading for Meaning, (2) Compare and Contrast, (3) Inductive Learning, (4) Circle of Knowledge, (5) Write to Learn,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 36
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:08

Literacy Design Collaborative

LDC is a national community of educators providing a teacher-designed and research-proven framework, online tools, and resources for creating literacy-rich assignments and courses across content areas. Tools and resources include the Teacher Workspace, LDC Exemplary Module Library, Collaborative...

Number of views: 50
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:52

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