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. 

ELA/Literacy Summative Assessment Blueprint

The ELA Blueprint provides an overview to the types and content of items and tasks that appear on the Smarter Balanced student test forms. The document starts with a blueprint overview, by claim, for each of grade levels 3-5, 6-8 and 11. Initial charts show the major content categories comprising...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 418
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 17:46

Universal Design, Accessibility, Bias, and Sensitivity Considerations

Assessment items and tasks are designed to accurately evaluate students' knowledge, skills, and abilities. The Smarter Balanced system of assessment has considered universal design, accessibility, bias, and sensitivity throughout the process of developing assessment items and tasks. In this...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 398
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 10:59

Strategies for Social and Emotional Learning: Preschool and Elementary Grade Student Learning Standards and Assessment

This brief, published by the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, provides information and strategies to implement and assess SEL in schools and districts. The purposes of the brief are to: (1) describe standards for an SEL program, (2) introduce teacher-rated...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 374
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 13:52

Released Items

States in the PARCC consortium have released some test items from past PARCC assessments to give teachers a tool to inform and improve classroom teaching and learning.  The catalog of materials that appear on this page includes scoring rubrics and guides to the scoring, as well as released item...

Number of views: 326
Date created: 08/17/2017 - 10:10

Cognitive Loading in Three-Dimensional NGSS Assessment Knowledge, Skills, and Know-How

This white paper, developed in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Education, presents a new model for evaluating the cognitive ranges of large-scale assessment specific to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Number of views: 317
Date created: 06/25/2019 - 09:45

Assessment System Design Options for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Reflections on Some Possible Design Approaches

The need for a comprehensive and cohesive system of assessments, to effectively support implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), has been recommended and emphasized. This paper provides a thoughtful analysis of high-level designs for a system of assessments to effectively...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 286
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:17

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: 279
Date created: 06/04/2015 - 14:06

Mathematics Informational Guides to the Summative Assessments

PARCC's Mathematics Test Specification Documents site includes a suite of resources that provide educators with detailed information about the development of mathematics assessment tasks and items. One set of resources are the Informational Guides to the Summative Assessments in Mathematics. These...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 277
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 09:24