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. 

Professional Development: Introduction to the ELA / Literacy Shifts

The Introduction to the ELA / Literacy Shifts Module is a 1–2 hour module that provides an introduction to the key shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for ELA / Literacy. The module is meant to be customized and tailored to meet the needs of educators. Professional development...

Number of views: 142
Date created: 09/04/2015 - 16:09

In Effort to Fix Tribal Schools, Feds Face Doubts

This 2015 Education Week articles summarizes many of the challenges facing federal plans to "turn more control of Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools to tribes." American Indian students attending BIE schools remain some of the lowest-performing in the country; consequently the proposal to...

Number of views: 19
Date created: 08/31/2015 - 16:23

“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: 222
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: 83
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

Lesson Planning Materials

This website includes a variety of tools for teachers to create lessons, classroom assessments, and presentations. It also provides tools for students. Its lesson creation tool enables teachers to build lessons around any of the PBS videos on the website. For each video there are also tools such as...

Number of views: 120
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:58

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