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. 

Supporting the Implementation of NGSS through Research: Assessment

From the authors: "The NGSS [Next Generation Science Standards] identify three dimensions essential for providing students with a quality science education: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts across domains of science, and disciplinary core ideas.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 115
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:17

Next Generation Science Standards: Considerations for Curricula, Assessments, Preparation, and Implementation

From the authors: "Many states’ science standards are based on guidance documents created by the National Research Council in 1996 that do not reflect the scientific advances and educational research findings that have since occurred. Among options for policymakers to consider to update existing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 103
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:15

Exemplary Science Standards: How Does Your State Compare?

This Fordham Institute evaluation compares state science standards in 38 states as well as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) against three exemplary science standards in two states (Massachusetts and South Carolina) plus the District of Columbia. The report builds on earlier publications...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 40
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:03

Centered on Results: Assessing the Impact of Student-Centered Learning

This Nellie Mae report provides information on a series of mixed-method, commissioned studies that evaluate the effect of a variety of student-centered practices in secondary schools.  The studies help illustrate what student-centered learning can look like in a range of contexts, including high...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 27
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 16:03

Literacy for the Science Classroom: Think, Read, Talk, and Write Like a Scientist

This archived webinar, presenting essential features of the science practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards, offers opportunities for high school students to develop disciplinary literacy. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the science discipline are the key...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 184
Date created: 03/09/2015 - 08:42

Science Teacher Inquiry Rubric (STIR)

The Science Teacher Inquiry Rubric (STIR) is a two-page observation and teacher-reflection tool, most appropriate for supervisors, principals, or other observers of classroom teachers, and possibly for use by classroom teachers themselves, to assess classroom instruction and practices with regard...

Number of views: 146
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:52

NSTA Quick-Reference Guides to the NGSS: Elementary, Middle, and High School

This resource is a compilation of workbooks by grade-level span, put together in response to educators' need for assistance in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in their learning communities.  Each guide includes resources addressing the grade level span (i.e. elementary,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 814
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:29

NASA Education: Workshops

The NASA Education site provides links to resources at ten education centers.  An example of the type of services to educators, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers workshops for educators applying STEM concepts and experiences from NASA missions in areas such as engineering literacy, space...

Type: Service
Number of views: 99
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:07

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