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: 395
Date created: 08/03/2017 - 09:32

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

Considerations for Collaborations to Support College and Career Readiness: A Facilitator’s Guide

This guide is framed by questions designed to help states explore the complex challenges inherent in facilitating cross-systems alignment through ongoing collaboration. Each question borrows from a systems research base derived from within and outside the field of education. Key considerations that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:19

Common Core and ELLs: Planning Professional Development About Academic Language

This article is part of a series from Colorin Colorado! on planning professional development around the Common Core with English learners (ELs). Written for a district or school curriculum leader, an administrator, or a lead teacher, this article shares guidelines and examples on how to train...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 72
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:14

Next Generation Science Standards: Considerations for Curricula, Assessments, Preparation, and Implementation

From the authors: "Many states’ science standards are based on guidance documents created by the National Research Council in 1996 that do not reflect the scientific advances and educational research findings that have since occurred. Among options for policymakers to consider to update existing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 103
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:15

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

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

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