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 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

High-Leverage Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

New college and career ready standards (CCRS) have established more rigorous expectations of learning for all learners, including EL students, than what was expected in previous standards. A common feature in these new content-area standards is their emphasis on students’ use of language to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,134
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 19:27

Classroom Language Models: A Leader’s Implementation Manual

This resource provides detailed guidance on implementing four early childhood classroom language models: (1) English with Home Language Support, (2) Dual Language, (3) Home Language as a Foundation for English Development, and (4) English. Suggestions are offered on how to provide effective...

Number of views: 167
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 16:02

Early Literacy Instruction in Dual Language Preschools (Spanish/English)

This resource provides an overview of effective, research-based instructional models for preschools teaching Spanish and English. The author provides a brief summary of recent research, guidelines for instruction, and specific details about the similarities and differences of Spanish and English to...

Number of views: 52
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 15:58

Planned Language Approach (PLA) for Early Childhood Programs

The Planned Language Approach (PLA) is a research-based system of services within an early childhood program designed to ensure high-quality, effective language and literacy instruction for dual language learners (DLLs) and children who speak only English.  This website provides guides,...

Number of views: 353
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 15:45

Backward Design for Forward Action

This publication provides a concise overview of a three-stage, data-driven backward planning process to improve student learning. This backward design process proposes systemic changes at the classroom, school, and district levels in order to develop meaningful assessments and learning plans. The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 148
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:20

Improving Teaching and Learning with Data-Based Decisions: Asking the Right Questions and Acting on the Answers

This resource provides information on data-based decision making to help schools increase student achievement, focusing on the use of data to inform instructional and curricular change. Included is an overview on how educators can use assessments with different purposes to gather various types of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 156
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:15

The Implications of Deeper Learning for Adolescent Immigrants and English Language Learners

From the introduction: "I begin... by describing the current educational status of the nation’s ELLs and immigrant students. I go on to describe the ways in which their skills have been denigrated, and I consider a number of ways in which linguistic and cultural diversity and immigrant experiences...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 17:51

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