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. 

Video: Teaching Students to Examine Craft Moves and Author’s Intent in Mentor Persuasive Essay in Order to Support Revision (5-8)

This is a video of a middle school writing lesson aligned to college and career ready standards. The teacher states that the purpose of the day's work is to raise the level of student writing by making strong and persuasive arguments. During the lesson, the students analyze a model paragraph in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 238
Date created: 05/02/2014 - 13:47

English Language Arts Model Content Frameworks for Grades 3-11

The PARCC Model Content Frameworks are resources designed to bridge standards to instruction and assessment by clarifying areas of emphasis in each grade; specifying grade to grade changes in expectations; and offering illustrative curriculum sequences. The resource site provides educators with...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 233
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 20:28

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: 231
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:26

Quality Performance Assessment Framework

The Quality Performance Assessment (QPA) framework was developed to help teachers and school leaders create a system of local assessments that works for their classroom contexts.

Number of views: 223
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 14:29

CSAI Presentations at NCSA 2019

Every year, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) hosts the National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA). This year’s conference, held June 24–26 in Orlando, focused on the theme Measure What Matters and Create Accountability for Equity, with the explicit goal of “giving states a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 215
Date created: 07/19/2019 - 11:01

Comprehensive Statewide Assessment Systems: A Framework for the Role of the State Education Agency in Improving Quality and Reducing Burden

The purpose of this resource from CCSSO is to support and guide state leaders as they determine how to move their states towards a comprehensive, high-quality assessment system. The resource provides key considerations on the state's role and ways to review and evaluate its current state assessment...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 213
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:24

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Interactive Computer Tasks (ICTs)

In 2009, NAEP administered two types of innovative science assessments: Hands-on Tasks (HOTs) and Interactive Computer Tasks (ICTs). The released tasks include samples of innovative item types and innovative evidence types to demonstrate how hard-to-measure constructs, similar to what are called...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 203
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:39

Passage Selection Guidelines for the PARCC Summative Assessments, Grades 3-11, in ELA/Literacy

PARCC's ELA Test Specifications Documents site includes a resource that is designed to guide educators in making passage selections in support of the CCSS and PARCC summative assessments. These Passage Selection Guidelines detail the how the following five considerations are used to determine...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 199
Date created: 04/28/2015 - 17:05