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. 

States' Content Standards Revision Processes

As states examine efforts to ensure college and career readiness for all students, review and possible revision of their content standards may be part of these efforts. Based on questions CSAI has received regarding how states undergo the process of revising content standards, a report was created...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 150
Date created: 12/09/2016 - 09:47

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: 984
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 19:27

High School Graduation Requirements in a Time of College and Career Readiness

Ensuring that students graduate high school prepared for college and careers has become a national priority in the last decade. To support this goal, states have adopted rigorous college and career readiness (CCR) standards in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Additionally, states have...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 247
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:22

Reading Across Texts: A Resource for Planning Multiple-Source Comprehension Tasks

College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) set the expectation that students will be able to navigate multiple texts, evaluate the claims that authors make, notice and account for any conflicting points of view, and synthesize information as they develop an understanding of a concept or event. CCRS...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 169
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 11:43

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

From the website: "The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (“the standards”) represent the next generation of K–12 standards designed to prepare all students for success in college, career, and life by the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 76
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 22:17

The Connection: Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five and WIDA Early English Language Development Standards

The WIDA Early English Language Development (E-ELD) Standards were developed to identify and support language acquisition for children at ages 2.5–5.5 years whose home languages include a language other than English. This resource provides guidance for using the WIDA E-ELD Standards and Framework...

Number of views: 49
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 16:08

NGSS Demystified: A Toolkit for Training Teachers

This toolkit, provided by the California Academy of Sciences, facilitates training of K-12 educators on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The toolkit is organized into roughly 30-minute activities designed to introduce and familiarize educators with the NGSS, as well as each of its...

Number of views: 272
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 15:00

Item Writing Guides and Item Exemplars (ELA & Math)

CSAI has developed two resources to support educators interested in deepening their knowledge of assessment design and assessment literacy. These two resources, specific to English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, are designed to enhance educators' ability to recognize and create high-quality...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 804
Date created: 07/26/2016 - 17:42

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