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. 

Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation

The National Center for Literacy Education conducted a national survey of educators to examine their experiences with transitioning to the new literacy Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This report provides an overview of the findings from the survey.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 10
Date created: 06/05/2014 - 14:30

Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics

In his blog post, Grant Wiggins explores the idea of conceptual understanding in mathematics. He quotes examples of when conceptual understanding appears in the Common Core and tries to define the term, using the work and key ideas from mathematicians, researchers, and educators. Wiggins also...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 69
Date created: 06/05/2014 - 09:49

Changes in the Expertise of ESL Professionals: Knowledge and Action in an Era of New Standards

This professional paper published by TESOL discusses the shifting landscape surrounding the new Common Core Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and their implications for building and enacting ESL teacher expertise. The authors explain the challenges and the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 39
Date created: 05/02/2014 - 11:50

Text Complexity and English Learners—Building Vocabulary

As part of a series of accessible articles on reading instruction (Text Matters), Elfrieda Hiebert examines the particular issues faced by English learners with regard to text complexity. Prior to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), old standards documents referred to reading proficiency with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 133
Date created: 05/02/2014 - 11:48

State College- and Career-Ready High School Graduation Requirements Comparison Table

Research suggests that for high school graduates to be prepared for success in post-secondary settings, they need to take four years of challenging mathematics, including content at least through Algebra II or its equivalent, and four years of rigorous English aligned with college- and career-ready...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 11
Date created: 04/21/2014 - 12:30

Closing the Expectations Gap: 2013 Annual Report on the Alignment of State K-12 Policies and Practice with the Demands of College and Careers

With all 50 states and the District of Columbia having adopted college- and career-ready (CCR) standards in English and mathematics, Achieve's eighth annual "Closing the Expectations Gap" report shows how states are aligning those standards with policies and practice to better ensure that all...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 73
Date created: 04/21/2014 - 12:29

Afterschool and the Common Core State Standards

This is the first in a series of four issue briefs examining critical issues facing middle school youth and the role that after-school programs can play in addressing these issues. This brief explores after-school and the Common Core State Standards, describing: 1) how U.S. students measure up...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 9
Date created: 04/21/2014 - 12:26

Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities: Ensuring Meaningful Diplomas for All Students

This policy brief was developed through a partnership with the National Center on Educational Outcomes at the University of Minnesota and Achieve to provide guidance to state education policy leaders to help ensure that students with disabilities leave school with meaningful diplomas.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 19
Date created: 04/07/2014 - 09:42