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. 

Next Generation Science Standards: Considerations for Curricula, Assessments, Preparation, and Implementation

From the authors: "Many states’ science standards are based on guidance documents created by the National Research Council in 1996 that do not reflect the scientific advances and educational research findings that have since occurred. Among options for policymakers to consider to update existing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 103
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:15

Results of President Obama’s Race to the Top

From the Publisher: "This study examines the effects of Obama’s Race to the Top [funding initiative] on education policymaking around the country. The overall findings . . . indicate that Race to the Top had a meaningful impact on the production of education policy across the United States. In its ...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 122
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:03

The Need to Use Evidence in School-Based K–12 Improvement Efforts

In this brief paper, the author suggests that "to empower teachers to use data effectively, schools and districts need to engage in the systematic collection and analysis of evidence as part of an ongoing school improvement cycle." Based on research and practice, she identifies and explains "four...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 76
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:01

Common Core and America's High-Achieving Students

From the author: "While the merit and politics of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been much debated and discussed, one topic has been virtually ignored: What do the standards portend for America’s high-ability students? This brief addresses that question and provides guidance for CCSS-...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 72
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:25

New Science Standards: A Readiness Assessment for State Boards of Education

From the Publisher: "This document consists of a self-assessment matrix—a Standards Readiness Assessment—as well as guidance and explanations that SBE (state board of education) members can use interactively to help determine their state’s overall readiness to adopt and implement science standards...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 11
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 16:00

Teaching Content to English Learners in the Era of the Common Core Standards

What are instructional implications for College and Career Ready Standards, such as the Common Core, on English learners (ELs) and their teachers? This question is addressed in an essay by researchers from ETS. R&D Connections, a publication series from ETS Research & Development, examines...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 37
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:14

Next Generation Science Standards Web Seminar Series - By Grade Level

*/ /*-->*/ The National Science Teachers Association Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Web Seminar Series offers to the public archives of webinars done "live" between the spring of 2012 and early 2015. This tool provides support for educators to increase their understanding of the...

Number of views: 476
Date created: 03/09/2015 - 16:09

Literacy for the Science Classroom: Think, Read, Talk, and Write Like a Scientist

This archived webinar, presenting essential features of the science practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards, offers opportunities for high school students to develop disciplinary literacy. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the science discipline are the key...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 185
Date created: 03/09/2015 - 08:42

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