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. 

Curriculum Design Process Protocol

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) developed this protocol document to support districts and schools through curriculum design, review, and revision processes. This tool stems from CSAI's work with a school district on curricular redesign and reflects questions and...

Number of views: 222
Date created: 04/17/2019 - 16:43

Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria (PEEC) for Next Generation Science Standards Instructional Materials Design

The Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria (PEEC) for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Instructional Materials Design is a resource that helps educators evaluate NGSS-related instructional material programs.

Number of views: 109
Date created: 06/23/2017 - 13:12

Comprehensive Standards-Based Assessment Systems Supporting Learning

This brief is intended to provide a common foundation by laying out a general framework for a comprehensive, learning-based assessment system. The framework incorporates different types of assessment to serve the distinct information needs of different stakeholders, but all of the assessments are...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 739
Date created: 12/01/2016 - 09:00

Is NAEP Math Out of Step with the States?

The authors of this publication analyze the possibility that NAEP mathematics assessments may be misaligned to the shifting goals of mathematics education in the United States. Comparing NAEP mathematics standards to both Common Core and non-Common Core state mathematics standards, the authors...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 25
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:41

The Hidden Value of Curriculum Reform: Do States and Districts Receive the Most Bang for Their Curriculum Buck?

This report examines both the quality and costs of curriculum materials to help schools increase student performance while improving return on investment (ROI).

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 34
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:10

Illustrations and Elaborations of Math Practice Standards

This section of the Illustrative Mathematics website helps teachers become more familiar with standards for mathematical practice in order to integrate these standards effectively into instructional planning at both the lesson and unit levels. The exemplars give teachers a clear sense of what the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 448
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:08

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: 146
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: 57
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:59

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