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. 

Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards, Aligned Assessments and Related Reforms: Cross-State Findings

The Southern Regional Education Board conducted a multi-year study of how 14 states are implementing college- and career-ready standards. This report is part of a series for the "Benchmarking State Implementation of Common Core Standards" project.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 91
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:43

America Achieves Common Core Web Site

The America Achieves’ web site features video lesson modules in which teachers discuss lessons and Common Core implementation in their school. The site also features videos explaining the key instructional shifts associated with the CCSS; information and resources from the Educator Evaluating...

Number of views: 87
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:42

Common Core Implementation Checklist for Principals

NAESP has developed this checklist to help principals determine the bodies of knowledge and skill sets they will need to prepare in order to lead their schools into using the new standards. This checklist is meant to serve as an information guide on some of the most critical steps to complete in...

Number of views: 86
Date created: 09/18/2014 - 11:32

Guiding District Implementation of Common Core State Standards: Innovation Configuration Maps

These Innovation Configuration maps were developed by a task force of Kentucky educators with support from Kentucky Department of Education, Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center at Edvantia, and Learning Forward to align with the four pillars of Kentucky’s Leadership Networks. They are offered...

Number of views: 85
Date created: 02/10/2014 - 09:58

Closing in on Close Reading

This article provides both a rationale for close reading and concrete steps for implementing it in the classroom. It also puts close reading into the context of other recent instruction approaches, such as making self-to-text connections. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 84
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:17

New Mexico Common Core State Standards Implementation Plan

This state CCSS implementation plan is based on the premise that rethinking education is essential to operationalizing a state’s expectations and actions.

Number of views: 83
Date created: 02/10/2014 - 10:01

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: 81
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 12:55

Coherent and Sequenced Curriculum Key to Implementing Common Core Standards

In this EdSource article, Bill Honig, chairman of the Instructional Quality Commission and former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, writes that there is a crucial middle step missing in many district's implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 78
Date created: 09/18/2014 - 11:29

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