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. 

Instructional Practice Toolkit and Classroom Videos

The Instructional Practice Toolkit and Classroom Videos is a professional learning resource for teachers and teacher educators. There are two instructional practice toolkit modules: one for mathematics and another for English language arts/literacy.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 400
Date created: 08/03/2017 - 09:32

Reading Across Texts: A Resource for Planning Multiple-Source Comprehension Tasks

College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) set the expectation that students will be able to navigate multiple texts, evaluate the claims that authors make, notice and account for any conflicting points of view, and synthesize information as they develop an understanding of a concept or event. CCRS...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 175
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 11:43

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

From the website: "The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (“the standards”) represent the next generation of K–12 standards designed to prepare all students for success in college, career, and life by the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 85
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 22:17

Leaping the College-Ready Gap: What Can Be Learned from Schools That Focus on Deeper Learning

This guidance document identifies, eight public schools that focus on Deeper Learning strategies in implementing practices to ensure that students are college ready. It provides a brief overview of all the identified schools and profiles one in further detail, describing school activities that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 36
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:52

English Learner Tool Kit for State and Local Education Agencies (SEAs and LEAs)

This toolkit was released in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) and the U.S.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 139
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:48

Achievement Level Setting

In this these two resources, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium describes the process it used to engage with the public as it sought to create achievement levels. Over the course of several weeks, teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, community and business leaders, parents,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 04/25/2016 - 13:36

Achievement Level Descriptors Glossary

The Smarter Balanced glossary includes definitions of key terms used throughout the ELA/literacy and mathematics Achievement Level Descriptor (ALDs). The brief document also includes references to documents like the CCSS apendices, when applicable, to provide users with additional information about...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 42
Date created: 04/21/2016 - 18:31

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: 1,374
Date created: 04/21/2016 - 18:22

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