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. 

Performance Assessment Resource Bank

Performance assessments require students to construct an original response rather than bubbling or filling in a correct answer. This website provides teachers, leaders, and policymakers with high-quality, expert-reviewed performance tasks, tools, and resources aligned to college and career ready...

Number of views: 421
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:07

“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: 146
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: 225
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:26

Literacy Modules

The Literacy Modules center on tasks designed by the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC). The modules include descriptions of the tasks, skills, instruction, and assessment. There are also accompanying student work samples with scoring explanations.

Number of views: 58
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:09

Model Curriculum

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) Model Curriculum Units consist of a unit overview, lesson plans, embedded performance assessments, and ideas for instructional resources. The design teams used Understanding by Design (Wiggins & McTighe, 2011) to structure...

Number of views: 85
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:06

Khan Academy

Khan Academy aims to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. It uses micro lectures on multiple topics in the form of YouTube videos and includes practice exercises and tools for educators. People can participate in Khan Academy as students or coaches (teachers). The major...

Number of views: 104
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:03

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

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

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