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. 

Colorado Assessment Review Tool

The Assessment Review Tool (ART) is intended for use in analyzing summative K–12 classroom assessments to determine their quality and efficacy, their suitability for use as student growth measures, and their alignment with the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). With very minor modification the tool...

Number of views: 127
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:12

Materials for Teachers

This website includes standard-aligned units, lessons, resources, tools for use in the formative assessment process, and "Dream Team" instructional guides for a range of subject areas and grade levels. Most of the materials in math and ELA are from outside sources but have been rated by Connecticut...

Number of views: 122
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:55

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

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

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

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

The Mathematics Common Core Toolbox

This toolbox is meant to support districts in their implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Dana Center believes the new standards provide an opportunity for districts to move their students to higher levels of achievement. However, they also recognize the challenges districts...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 395
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:31

What Exactly Do "Fewer, Clearer, and Higher Standards" Really Look Like in the Classroom? Using a Cognitive Rigor Matrix to Analyze Curriculum, Plan Lessons, and Implement Assessments

From the abstract: "With the ever-increasing call for more rigorous curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the United States, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers are aiming to define the rigorous skills and knowledge that students need in order to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 217
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:18

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