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. 

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

College- and Career-Ready Standards

The U.S. Department of Education website provides an overview of what standards are and why college- and career-ready standards are important, as well as clarification regarding the role of the U.S. Department of Education in state standards and assessment. The resource emphasizes that standards...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 09/04/2015 - 12:59

Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports

This web page links to a number of guides for parents or guardians to help them read and understand the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) student score reports. It also links to other resources, including parent guides to the Smarter Balanced summative assessments,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 32
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:00

Common Core From a Tribal Perspective

In this Education Week commentary, education director Kevin Shendo (Pueblo of Jemez, N.M.) writes that the Common Core has opened the "door to opportunities that exist in challenging our teachers to make the diverse communities . . . an extension of their classrooms." He suggests that the Common...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 08/31/2015 - 15:51

Smarter Balanced Assessments: Keep Results in Perspective for Students and Their Families

In this short California Schools article, veteran educator Kathy Caric encourages districts and schools to implement effective strategies to inform parents and students about the value of multiple measures when reporting student progress. She notes that the expected low scores on the upcoming...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 08/27/2015 - 15:16

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

Common Core and America's High-Achieving Students

From the author: "While the merit and politics of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been much debated and discussed, one topic has been virtually ignored: What do the standards portend for America’s high-ability students? This brief addresses that question and provides guidance for CCSS-...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 71
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:25

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