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. 

Online Reading Comprehension Assessments

Online Reading Comprehension Assessments (ORCA) are tests of students' abilities to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information that they read online. Funded by a grant from the Institute for Education Sciences, the ORCA Project was a five-year research project to create, study, and...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,411
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:34

Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less: The First Amendment and the Women's Suffrage Movement

"Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less: The First Amendment and the Women’s Suffrage Movement" is a media literacy lesson plan available on the Newseum website. Written for middle and high school students, the lesson focuses on persuasion and involves historical documents related to the women's...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 65
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:16

Developing Citizenship through Rhetorical Analysis

"Developing Citizenship Through Rhetorical Analysis" is a lesson plan available on the ReadWriteThink website that aims to teach students to identify and analyze rhetorical strategies. Intended for students in grades 6-8, the six 50-minute sessions involve: introducing rhetorical strategies used in...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 12
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:01

The New Literacies

"The New Literacies" is an article on the Reading Rockets website. The article describes the need to teach students specific strategies and skills for reading on the Internet, describes instructional models being studied by the New Literacies Research Lab at the University of Connecticut, and...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 32
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 15:59

Understanding the New Literacies of Online Reading Comprehension

"Understanding the New Literacies of Online Reading Comprehension" is a curated collection of resources to support educators' professional learning about online reading comprehension skills and strategies--both how to assess and how to teach these skills and strategies. Researchers at the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 30
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 15:58

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Students

The 2016 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Students present seven characteristics and skills that students need to be active participants in society: empowered learner, digital citizen, knowledge constructor, innovative designer, computational thinker, creative...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 102
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 15:47

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) developed Standards for the 21st-Century Learner to guide school library curricula and programs. The document presents nine common beliefs about learning, information, and access (e.g., "The continuing expansion of information demands that all...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 451
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 15:46

Supporting Formative Assessment for Deeper Learning: A Primer for Policymakers

This primer argues that effective formative assessment is essential to successfully implementing new college- and career-ready standards. It explains what formative assessment is, how it works in practice, and why it is critically important in fostering powerful pedagogy and 21st-century...

Number of views: 112
Date created: 01/18/2017 - 11:20

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