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. 

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

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: 178
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:31

Independent Reviews of Instructional Materials

These reports were created as a resource for teachers, parents, state and district officials, and others with an interest in identifying Common Core–aligned instructional materials.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 111
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:02

Illustrative Mathematics Task Review Criteria

This tool can be used to design lessons and tasks and to evaluate the alignment of existing ones. It was developed for use in vetting resources to be included in the Illustrative Mathematics task bank. Teachers, instructional coaches, and other educators will find it useful for classroom-level use...

Number of views: 62
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 17:56

Teacher Leadership: The Pathway to Common Core Success

This report, by the Center for American Progress, focuses on collaborative approaches to address the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The report describes districts throughout the country that have taken approaches between management and unions to ensure that teachers have...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 12
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 16:02

Next-Generation Accountability Systems: An Overview of Current State Policies and Practices

This report describes next-generation accountability concepts that states have either designed or implemented. Many concepts are derived through ESEA flexibility waivers that exempted states from many of the accountability requirements of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, the current iteration of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 49
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:58

How Are Common Core Standards Impacting Teaching Math to ELLs?

In this episode of Bam! Radio (an all-education radio network that offers programming from top education organizations and leaders), hosted by Larry Ferlazzo, a panel of experts discuss Common Core–aligned instructional strategies for teaching math to English learners (ELs). The panelists are Drs....

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 22
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:12

A Compendium of Research on the Common Core State Standards

From the publisher: "The Center on Education Policy has put together this compendium, which very briefly summarizes the published research on many different aspects of the CCSS. Our objective was to create an accessible and readable overview of current research that can inform implementation,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 22
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:03

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