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. 

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: 216
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:38

Results of President Obama’s Race to the Top

From the Publisher: "This study examines the effects of Obama’s Race to the Top [funding initiative] on education policymaking around the country. The overall findings . . . indicate that Race to the Top had a meaningful impact on the production of education policy across the United States. In its ...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 142
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:03

Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments

This study's purpose was to evaluate the quality of four standardized assessments—three new, multi-state assessments (ACT Aspire, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced) and a well-regarded existing state assessment (Massachusetts' state exam [MCAS])—to determine whether they met new criteria developed by the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 87
Date created: 02/16/2016 - 14:58

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: 75
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:18

Opt Out: An Examination of Issues

During the past few years, media reports have highlighted an increase in the number of parents who are opting their children out of annual state tests, often called the opt-out movement. In this paper, researcher Randy Bennett examines issues related to the movement including: the amount of time...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 62
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:07

Common Core Math In The K–8 Classroom: Results from a National Teacher Survey

Based on a survey of elementary and middle school teachers, the authors of this report investigate whether teachers have changed what and how they teach mathematics as represented in the Common Core State Standards. The authors also analyze whether teachers believe that students’ mathematics...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 54
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:40

What Supports Do Teachers Need to Help Students Meet Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy? Findings from the American Teacher and American School Leader Panels

This report provides educators' perspectives on their readiness and needs regarding helping students meet new state standards. Findings are drawn from surveys of the American Teacher and School Leader panels, which represent samples of K–12 teachers and school leaders across the nation. The survey...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 51
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 13:04

What Supports Do Teachers Need to Help Students Meet Common Core State Standards for Mathematics? Findings from the American Teacher and American School Leader Panels

This report examines teacher and school leader perceptions about readiness and professional development (PD) needs related to mathematics state standards.  It presents the self-reported responses from teachers, and supplements teacher reports with principals’ perspectives where relevant. Most of...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 42
Date created: 03/01/2016 - 17:24

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