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 Development: Introduction to the Math Shifts

The Introduction to the Math Shifts Module is a 1–4 hour module that provides an introduction to the key shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). The module is meant to be customized and tailored to meet the needs of educators. Professional development...

Number of views: 26
Date created: 09/04/2015 - 16:17

Professional Development: Introduction to the ELA / Literacy Shifts

The Introduction to the ELA / Literacy Shifts Module is a 1–2 hour module that provides an introduction to the key shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for ELA / Literacy. The module is meant to be customized and tailored to meet the needs of educators. Professional development...

Number of views: 137
Date created: 09/04/2015 - 16:09

Teaching and Learning Mathematics with the Common Core

This video series is the product of a collaboration between the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Hunt Institute. In addition to classroom examples, the Math Voices video series uses interviews with elementary classroom teachers, secondary mathematics teachers,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 09/04/2015 - 15:13

Observations on CCSSM Standards for Mathematical Content: What Content is Visibly Emphasized?

This guidance document visually demonstrates what content is emphasized through the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). In addition to visually displaying and providing reasoning for the major differences in emphases between the pre-CCSSM strand model and the CCSSM model, the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 22
Date created: 09/04/2015 - 14:51

In Effort to Fix Tribal Schools, Feds Face Doubts

This 2015 Education Week articles summarizes many of the challenges facing federal plans to "turn more control of Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools to tribes." American Indian students attending BIE schools remain some of the lowest-performing in the country; consequently the proposal to...

Number of views: 19
Date created: 08/31/2015 - 16:23

Setting the Bar for High-Ability Students

The authors of this article suggest that "because the Common Core State Standards are benchmarks for all students, they are by definition insufficient for high-ability students. To meet the needs of high-ability students, teachers need professional development that includes strategies to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 08/19/2015 - 16:54

Toward the Effective Teaching of New College- and Career-Ready Standards: Making Professional Learning Systemic

This Research-to-Practice Brief states its purpose as describing the elements necessary to align state-level policies and practices with one another, and to move away from professional development and toward professional learning. This would allow teachers in more schools to have access to the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 15
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:18

Instructional Practice Guide: Lesson Planning - ELA

The Lesson Planning Tool (digital version only) guides teachers through a series of prompts about lesson content, structure, and activities to ensure that the shifts required by the CCSS are central to the lesson. English language arts teachers will be guided through the process of creating a close...

Number of views: 175
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:44

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