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. 

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessment for the Common Core State Standards

This newly updated and final edition of Coming together to Raise Achievement provides consortia-approved summaries of the ongoing work of all the assessment consortia: comprehensive assessment (PARCC and Smarter Balanced), alternative assessment (DLM and NCSC), and English language proficiency...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 06/09/2014 - 12:12

Blueprint for English Language Learners (ELLs) Success

The Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies, in the New York State Education Department, released a blueprint that describes principles aimed to clarify expectations for administrators, policymakers, and practitioners to prepare English language learners (ELLs) for college and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 275
Date created: 07/09/2014 - 10:47

ALDN Constructive Conversation Skills Poster

This resource is a graphic organizer showing four important conversation skills (create, clarify, support, and evaluate and compare) and sentence starters to help students engage in purposeful and extended interactions.

Number of views: 140
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 10:28

ALDN Math Constructive Conversation Skills Poster

This resource is a mathematics graphic organizer highlighting four important conversation skills when building math understandings and ideas: Clarify a problem and ideas for solving it, Discuss representations and models, Explain and support reasoning, and Use multiple methods for solving. 

Number of views: 202
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 13:42

ALDN Math Paired Conversation Protocol

This tool guides pairs through an effective conversation to collaboratively solve complex math problems. It provides support with the language needed to clarify problems and ideas for solving them, generate multiple approaches and representations, explain and support reasoning, and negotiate ideas.

Number of views: 137
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 13:49

ALDN Argumentation Activities

This set of activities helps students practice their abilities to build and challenge ideas using evidence-based reasoning. It focuses on building students’ argumentation skills in preparation for debates, structured academic controversies, discussions, and argument-based written and multimedia...

Number of views: 29
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 13:54

Burro's Tortillas (1st Grade Unit)

This examplar first-grade unit contains 9 lessons and is based upon the picture book Burro's Tortillas by Terri Fields, a Southwestern adaptation of The Little Red Hen. It includes a "realia" walk, interactive readings, and a cooperative paragraph.

Number of views: 39
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:08

Burro's Tortillas: Introducing Burro’s Tortillas

In this video, the teacher introduces the Burro's Tortillas lesson plan, explains its connection to "The Little Red Hen," and discusses why her students love the story. This is an example of culturally responsive instruction that makes text-to-text connections.

Number of views: 40
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:13

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