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. 

Professional Learning for the Next Generation Science Standards

The National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) has, on their website, a set of online materials and resources devoted to teachers' professional learning. The aim of these resources is to help teachers understand the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and their relationship to the Common Core...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 54
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:32

Strategies for Developing Science Literacy

The Integrated Middle School Science (IMSS) Partnership—a collaboration between California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), the Alameda County Office of Education, the East Bay Science Project, the Santa Clara County Office of Education, and local science, school, and museum organizations—has...

Number of views: 93
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:23

Strategies for Communicating Results: Using the Change to Common Core Linked Assessments

From the Producer: "In this online webinar, REL Mid-Atlantic, Division H of the American Educational Research Association, and REL Northwest teamed up for a presentation and discussion of strategies that states and districts can use to communicate with the public about the new assessments linked to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 54
Date created: 07/10/2015 - 09:24

The Role of Strategic Communications in the Transition to New Academic Standards and Assessments: Case Studies of Tennessee and Kentucky

This case study examines how the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the state of Tennessee managed communications in the transition to more rigorous standards. The authors present eight important lessons including: proactive communication; coordinated communication; educator engagement; simple messages;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:11

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science

The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science supports educators conducting in-depth evaluations of the quality of lessons and units that appear in published materials or are educator-created. The EQuIP Rubric for science extends the work of previous...

Number of views: 280
Date created: 06/04/2015 - 14:06

Creating Text Dependent Questions for ELLs: Examples for 6th–8th Grade

This guidance document provides useful tips for constructing text-dependent questions (TDQs) for English language learners (ELLs). In this post from Colorin Colorado!, the authors created TDQs for a middle school informational text that is appropriate for ELLs. These TDQs are based on the authors'...

Number of views: 180
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:31

Instructional Materials Evaluation Toolkit (IMET) - Math

This tool is designed to evaluate comprehensive math curricula (including supplemental materials) for grades K–12 to determine alignment with the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. The IMET can be used as a guide both in vetting existing curricula and in developing new programs.

Number of views: 348
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:27

Mathematics Grade-Level Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool-Quality Review (GIMET-QR)

This evaluation tool offers a way to assess existing grade-level curriculum for alignment with the Common Core State Standards in mathematics, both in terms of content and instructional design. Reviewers are provided with an extensive rubric, the first and largest section of which analyzes several...

Number of views: 137
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:23

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