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. 

Independent Reviews of Instructional Materials

These reports were created as a resource for teachers, parents, state and district officials, and others with an interest in identifying Common Core–aligned instructional materials.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 104
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:02

Illustrative Mathematics Task Review Criteria

This tool can be used to design lessons and tasks and to evaluate the alignment of existing ones. It was developed for use in vetting resources to be included in the Illustrative Mathematics task bank. Teachers, instructional coaches, and other educators will find it useful for classroom-level use...

Number of views: 61
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 17:56

ELA/Literacy Grade-Level Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool-Quality Review (GIMET-QR)

The GIMET-QR is a tool designed by the Council of the Great City Schools to support educators in evaluating the quality of instructional materials available and making evidence-based selection decisions about the suitability of instructional materials under consideration. The tool is organized into...

Number of views: 246
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 16:46

Reform at a Crossroads: A Call for Balanced Systems of Assessment and Accountability

Written by a broad number of state and national experts in accountability, standards, and assessment, this publication addresses the following questions.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 45
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:59

Leading a Standards-Based System: Aligning Policy to Standards

In this policy brief, Robert Hull (director of NASBE’s Center for College, Career, and Civic Readiness) presents components that state boards of education need to consider when aligning policy to a standards-based system. Adoption and implementation of new standards is not enough to help students...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 14:30

Quality Performance Assessment Framework

The Quality Performance Assessment (QPA) framework was developed to help teachers and school leaders create a system of local assessments that works for their classroom contexts.

Number of views: 192
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 14:29

Evidence-Centered Design: A Summary

In this brief, Herman and Linn define evidence-centered design (ECD) and its relationship to PARCC and Smarter Balanced consortia assessments. ECD is a principled approach with interrelated stages for assessment development and validation. The main purpose for ECD is to support a close...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 72
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 14:33

State Policy Recommendations for Providing Educators Access to College- and Career-Ready Open Educational Resources

Summary from the Publisher: This brief sets forth state policy recommendations for providing educator access to college and career-ready Open Education Resources. OER are teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 55
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:04

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