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. 

PARCC Pearson Portal

This site contains the resources needed for Test Coordinators, Technology Coordinators, and Test Administrators to prepare for and administer PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics Assessments. Resources include technology setup information, manuals and training documents, sample...

Number of views: 456
Date created: 08/17/2017 - 10:19

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: 325
Date created: 08/17/2017 - 10:10

Understanding Proficiency

Understanding Proficiency is a resource designed to support educators in analyzing and learning from student work on performance tasks in English language arts and math. The site features actual scored student responses to the Smarter Balanced performance tasks, with annotations from practicing...

Number of views: 253
Date created: 01/14/2016 - 14:54

“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: 150
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:22

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

Materials for Teachers

This website includes standard-aligned units, lessons, resources, tools for use in the formative assessment process, and "Dream Team" instructional guides for a range of subject areas and grade levels. Most of the materials in math and ELA are from outside sources but have been rated by Connecticut...

Number of views: 123
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:55

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: 277
Date created: 06/04/2015 - 14:06

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: 799
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 21:07

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