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. 

Model Curriculum

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) Model Curriculum Units consist of a unit overview, lesson plans, embedded performance assessments, and ideas for instructional resources. The design teams used Understanding by Design (Wiggins & McTighe, 2011) to structure...

Number of views: 92
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:06

Literacy Modules

The Literacy Modules center on tasks designed by the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC). The modules include descriptions of the tasks, skills, instruction, and assessment. There are also accompanying student work samples with scoring explanations.

Number of views: 63
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:09

MDC Introductory Guide to Formative Assessment Workshop

The Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) provides instructional tools and professional support services meant to help teachers collect ongoing and immediate evidence of student learning. The instructional tools include formative assessment lessons (FALs), known as Classroom Challenges, as well as...

Number of views: 234
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:26

The Mathematics Common Core Toolbox

This toolbox is meant to support districts in their implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Dana Center believes the new standards provide an opportunity for districts to move their students to higher levels of achievement. However, they also recognize the challenges districts...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 469
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:31

What Exactly Do "Fewer, Clearer, and Higher Standards" Really Look Like in the Classroom? Using a Cognitive Rigor Matrix to Analyze Curriculum, Plan Lessons, and Implement Assessments

From the abstract: "With the ever-increasing call for more rigorous curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the United States, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers are aiming to define the rigorous skills and knowledge that students need in order to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 245
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:18

“Why Are There So Many Words in Math?”: Planning for Content-Area Vocabulary Instruction

This article, published by the National Council of Teachers of English, describes a planning tool for vocabulary instruction called the 5 Cs. It was developed to help teachers consider which words to teach in content-area classes such as mathematics, science, and social studies. The tool supports...

Number of views: 153
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:22

The Role of Learning Progressions in Competency-Based Pathways

From the Introduction: "In early 2015, leaders within Achieve’s Competency-Based Pathways State Partnership set out to more clearly understand the potential of learning progressions research to transform instructional practice and what is being done to translate that research into training and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:20

Formative Assessment: Examples of Practice

This document shares some examples of the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) definition of formative assessment in practice. The first section of the document provides readers with vignettes of classroom scenarios, some showing formative assessment and others showing classrooms without...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 368
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:21

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