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. 

“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: 153
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:22

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: 63
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:54

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: 280
Date created: 06/04/2015 - 14:06

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Year Three Progress Report from the Great City Schools

As part of a Council of the Great City Schools initiative that began in 2011, this is a follow-up annual survey of progress of urban public school districts implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This report presents the results from the third year of the project. Using the same...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 40
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 14:41

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: 49
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 21:52

Accessibility Resources and Brochures

This webpage provides educators a wealth of information on the PARCC assessments' accessibility features and accommodations manual. Included on the webpage is a link to the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual (6th edition), a comprehensive policy document that provides guidance...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 52
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 21:43

Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards, Aligned Assessments and Related Reforms: Cross-State Findings

The Southern Regional Education Board conducted a multi-year study of how 14 states are implementing college- and career-ready standards. This report is part of a series for the "Benchmarking State Implementation of Common Core Standards" project.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 92
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:43

Applying Universal Design to the Common Core

The topic for this segment of Bam! Radio (an all-education radio network that offers programming from top education organizations and leaders) is about Universal Design. Guest Dr. Katie Novak (Title I Director, ELL Director, and Reading coordinator in Chelmsford Public Schools) discusses teacher...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:11

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