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. 

English Language Arts/Literacy High Level Blueprints

PARCC's high level blueprints define the total number of tasks and/or items for any given grade/course assessment. To access the ELA/Literacy blueprints, select the desired grade band from the list below. Grades 3–5 Grades 6–11

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 172
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 19:33

Evidence-Centered Design: A Summary

In this brief, Herman and Linn define evidence-centered design (ECD) and its relationship to PARCC and Smarter Balanced consortia assessments. ECD is a principled approach with interrelated stages for assessment development and validation. The main purpose for ECD is to support a close...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 76
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 14:33

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: 303
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 09:24

Prose Constructed Response Tasks and Generic Writing Rubrics

PARCC has made available a series of resources that provide support with understanding: scoring of assessment tasks use of score criteria to support CCSS-aligned instruction The resources include the following documents:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,731
Date created: 04/28/2015 - 23:24

Text Analysis Worksheets

PARCC's ELA/Literacy site contains a suite of resources that provide educators with detailed information about the development of ELA/literacy assessment tasks, passages, and items. One set of resources on the site are the Text Analysis Worksheets. These tools are a complementary resource to the...

Number of views: 1,086
Date created: 04/28/2015 - 22:55

English Language Arts Performance Task Models

PARCC's ELA/Literacy site includes a variety of resources that are designed to provide educators with information about the PARCC assessment system. The ELA/Literacy Task Model documents included on this site provide guidance on the development of performance-based tasks.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 137
Date created: 04/28/2015 - 17:23

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: 208
Date created: 04/28/2015 - 17:05

Mathematics Performance Level Descriptors

PARCC's Mathematics Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) describe performance expectations for the four assessment sub-claims: major content additional and supporting content reasoning modeling What differentiates current PLDs from those in the past is that current PLDs were developed in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 2,081
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 22:33