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. 

Performance Tasks for English Language Arts

This presentation provides detailed performance task descriptions and examples that illustrate key performance task features that are an important part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System. Performance tasks are designed for students to demonstrate their ability to think and reason and apply...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 18,389
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 18:00

English Language Arts Item and Task Specifications

Item and performance task specifications provide guidance on how to translate the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications into actual assessment items.  ELA Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) specs are organized by grade level (bands 3-5, 6-8, and grade 11) and by claim and assessment target. Each...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 4,802
Date created: 03/25/2015 - 13:48

English Language Arts Evidence Statements

PARCC has made available a series of ELA Test Specifications Documents, for Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-11. These resources include a set of Evidence Statements that

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 4,228
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 21:42

Mathematics Performance Level Descriptors

PARCC's Mathematics Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) describe performance expectations for the four assessment sub-claims: major content additional and supporting content reasoning modeling What differentiates current PLDs from those in the past is that current PLDs were developed in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,802
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 22:33

Achievement Level Descriptors

The Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) describe four levels of achievement (1-4) across three grade spans: 3-5, 6-8, and High School. The descriptors are organized in two tables, one for English language arts/literacy and the other for mathematics. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,633
Date created: 04/21/2016 - 18:22

Prose Constructed Response Tasks and Generic Writing Rubrics

PARCC has made available a series of resources that provide support with understanding: scoring of assessment tasks use of score criteria to support CCSS-aligned instruction The resources include the following documents:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,575
Date created: 04/28/2015 - 23:24

English Language Arts/Literacy Formative Assessments (K-2)

PARCC has developed a set of assessment resources designed to support the measurement of student knowledge and skills in the lower grades. The resources included on the K-2 Formative Assessments page align to the Common Core State Standards and to the PARCC assessment system. The documents are...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,371
Date created: 04/22/2015 - 17:09

English Language Arts Performance Level Descriptors

PARCC's English Language Arts/Literacy Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) describe performance expectations for the reading and writing claims. What differentiates current PLDs from those in the past is that current PLDs were developed with the recognition that text complexity is related to the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,169
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 22:22

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