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. 

Common Core and America's High-Achieving Students

From the author: "While the merit and politics of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been much debated and discussed, one topic has been virtually ignored: What do the standards portend for America’s high-ability students? This brief addresses that question and provides guidance for CCSS-...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 72
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:25

“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

Common Themes, Individual Approaches: Six States’ Experiences with New Science Standards

This report focuses on the challenge of modifying current science standards or adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). It provides an overview of how five states (Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, New Jersey, and West Virginia) and the District of Columbia utilized National Association...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 14
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:21

BetterLesson

BetterLesson is an online site dedicated to providing educators with access to high-quality tools and resources that support implementation and alignment to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The site features lessons and resources from over 130 selected Master Teachers from across the country...

Number of views: 58
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:54

Fast Lesson Finder

The Fast Lesson Finder tool provides educators with access to selected planetary science and mathematics lessons that have been evaluated using the EQuIP for Science rubric. The lessons available using the Fast Lesson Finder tool align with NGSS and also include a copy of the EQuIP rubric, complete...

Number of views: 58
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:49

The Inquiry Project: Seeing the World Through a Scientist’s Eyes

The Inquiry Project is a grades 3–5 curriculum that involves students in investigations about matter. A major part of the project consists of involving students in collaborative work. The project's website highlights curricular design and implementation tools for teachers, including instructional...

Number of views: 89
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:41

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

Professional Learning for the Next Generation Science Standards

The National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) has, on their website, a set of online materials and resources devoted to teachers' professional learning. The aim of these resources is to help teachers understand the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and their relationship to the Common Core...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 52
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:32

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