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. 

Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts

WestEd's Teacher Professional Development Program developed the "Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts" in conjunction with the Understanding Language Initiative. The goal of this unit (involving five conceptually linked lessons) is to provide exemplars...

Number of views: 64
Date created: 12/13/2013 - 10:09

Learning Progressions Frameworks Designed for Use with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts & Literacy K-12

This document presents a learning progression of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and literacy. Included is a working definition of learning progressions and a description of the conceptual framework that has guided the work on this project, which attempts to describe...

Number of views: 1,002
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:17

Relationships and convergences among the mathematics, science, and ELA practices

A product of the Stanford University Understanding Language initiative, this Venn diagram is a tool that effectively illustrates the overlap and grouping of student practices (and student capacities) from four sets of seminal documents: the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language...

Number of views: 1,061
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:26

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: A Primer on "Close Reading of Text"

The purpose of this primer is to assist teachers in understanding close reading and employing it in the classroom, which is an instructional emphasis of the Common Core. The primer addresses the following key questions:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 57
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 12:48

Determining How Much Background Knowledge to Provide for ELLs

The topics of this blog post, written by ELL and literacy expert Diane Fenner, relate to close reading, Common Core, background knowledge, and English language learners (ELLs). There has been considerable debate regarding how much background knowledge is appropriate for ELL students, and this post...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 24
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 12:53

Mathematics, the Common Core, and Language: Recommendations for Mathematics Instruction for ELs Aligned with the Common Core

In this resource, Judit Moschkovich, professor of mathematics education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, makes recommendations for developing mathematics instruction for English language learners (ELLs) that meet the challenges of the Common Core State Standards. For all students, but...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 72
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:06

Implementing the Common Core State Standards for English Learners: The Changing Role of the ESL Teacher

This report summarizes the key topics that emerged from a special 2013 TESOL International Association meeting that discussed how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will change the roles of those who teach English as a second language (ESL). Thirty ESL teachers and administrators, education...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 56
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:12

Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media

This resource houses a collection of activities and professional development resources drawn from programs such as WGBH’s Design Squad Nation and the Engineering is Elementary® project at the Museum of Science, Boston. These media-based resources illustrate and deepen teachers’ understanding of the...

Number of views: 120
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:31

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