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. 

Common Core & ELLs: Lesson Plans

Colorín Colorado has published three English language arts (ELA) units that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and target English language learners' (ELLs) literacy and language needs. These units for grades 1, 4, and 8 were developed by a group of teachers from Albuquerque, New Mexico...

Number of views: 889
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:29

Classroom Challenges from the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service

These "Classroom Challenges" are ready-to-use math lessons that showcase Common Core State Standards in mathematics (CCSSM)–aligned instructional planning at the lesson level and are designed to support classroom formative assessment in grades 6–10. The resource provides 20 lessons per grade, all...

Number of views: 141
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:04

Instructional Practice Guide: Lesson Planning - Math

While this online tool is primarily designed for instructional planning at the lesson level, it also helps users think about design at the unit level, as it stresses coherence among clusters of standards. Through a series of guiding questions, it walks users through some of the key, conceptual...

Number of views: 55
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:59

BetterLesson

BetterLesson is an online site dedicated to providing educators with access to high-quality tools and resources that support implementation and alignment to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The site features lessons and resources from over 130 selected Master Teachers from across the country...

Number of views: 58
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:54

Strategies for Developing Science Literacy

The Integrated Middle School Science (IMSS) Partnership—a collaboration between California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), the Alameda County Office of Education, the East Bay Science Project, the Santa Clara County Office of Education, and local science, school, and museum organizations—has...

Number of views: 87
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:23

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science

The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science supports educators conducting in-depth evaluations of the quality of lessons and units that appear in published materials or are educator-created. The EQuIP Rubric for science extends the work of previous...

Number of views: 255
Date created: 06/04/2015 - 14:06

Creating Text Dependent Questions for ELLs: Examples for 6th–8th Grade

This guidance document provides useful tips for constructing text-dependent questions (TDQs) for English language learners (ELLs). In this post from Colorin Colorado!, the authors created TDQs for a middle school informational text that is appropriate for ELLs. These TDQs are based on the authors'...

Number of views: 176
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:31

Instructional Materials Evaluation Toolkit (IMET) - Math

This tool is designed to evaluate comprehensive math curricula (including supplemental materials) for grades K–12 to determine alignment with the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. The IMET can be used as a guide both in vetting existing curricula and in developing new programs.

Number of views: 319
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:27

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