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. 

Argumentation in History and Science

Boston College professor and scholar Katherine L. McNeill developed a series of resources to support middle school science and social studies teachers' use of argumentation. The resources are organized in a course format and include a syllabus, slide decks and class materials for each session, and...

Number of views: 114
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:36

Rubrics for Evaluating Open Education Resource (OER) Objects

In collaboration with leaders from the Open Education Resources (OER) community, Achieve has developed eight rubrics to help states, districts, teachers, and other users determine the degree of alignment of OERs to the Common Core State Standards and determine aspects of their quality. The rubrics...

Number of views: 121
Date created: 06/11/2015 - 15:51

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: 270
Date created: 06/04/2015 - 14:06

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: 205
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 14:29

Transition Planning for Next-Generation Assessments

This resource is a seven-page checklist for helping states plan and implement technology-based assessments. Users of this guide should be sure to read its companion piece, Considerations for Next-Generation Assessments: A Roadmap to 2014.

Number of views: 26
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 14:06

Student-Centered Assessment Video Suite

From the introduction: "What does student-centered assessment look like in the classroom? How do students benefit from this type of assessment? Why do teachers implement these practices in their classrooms? The Students at the Center project, in conjunction with Dr. Heidi Andrade, Ed.D. and the...

Number of views: 15
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 13:59

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations System

This web-based module is an interactive learning tool for educators to learn about PARCC's accessibility system. Topics in the module include: Introduction to PARCC Training Modules Accessibility Features and Accommodations Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) Make-Up Testing/ Undo...

Number of views: 47
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 21:52

English Language Arts/Literacy Practice Tests

Practice tests for English Language Arts/Literacy portion of the PARCC assessment are available for students to familiarize themselves with the kinds of items and format used for the assessment. The practice tests include both the Performance-Based and End-of-Year components of the ELA/Literacy...

Number of views: 744
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 21:07

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