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. 

Performance Tasks for English Language Arts

This presentation provides detailed performance task descriptions and examples that illustrate key performance task features that are an important part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System. Performance tasks are designed for students to demonstrate their ability to think and reason and apply...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13,118
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 18:00

Mathematics Item and Task Specifications

Item and performance task specifications provide guidance on how to translate the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications into actual assessment items. Mathematics Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) specs are organized by claim (1, 2, 3, or 4) and grade level or grade level band. Available in ZIP file...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 6,447
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 17:18

NGSS Sample Classroom Assessments Tasks

This resource offers a collection of sample classroom tasks blending content, practices, and concepts from both the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Teachers across the disciplines collaborated to write tasks, which reflect a vision of integrating science, engineering, and...

Number of views: 4,294
Date created: 02/28/2015 - 20:54

A List of Non-Cognitive Assessment Instruments

From the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, this resource lists assessment instruments on "non-cognitive skills" for college-age students. As described in the resource, non-cognitive skills promote "students’ ability to think cogently about information, manage their time, get...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 3,908
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 00:35

English Language Arts Evidence Statements

PARCC has made available a series of ELA Test Specifications Documents, for Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-11. These resources include a set of Evidence Statements that

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 3,206
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 21:42

English Language Arts Item and Task Specifications

Item and performance task specifications provide guidance on how to translate the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications into actual assessment items.  ELA Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) specs are organized by grade level (bands 3-5, 6-8, and grade 11) and by claim and assessment target. Each...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 3,197
Date created: 03/25/2015 - 13:48

Fundamentals of Learning (FOL)

This publication provides a framework, the Fundamentals of Learning (FOL), to assist teachers in transitioning to the classroom practices called for in the College- and Career-Ready Standards (CCRS). The content of this resource is drawn from leading theory and research about learning and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 2,930
Date created: 08/21/2013 - 11:08

Academic Word List (AWL) Highlighter

The main purpose of this website is to help students expand their academic vocabulary using the Academic Word List (AWL). However, teachers can also use this online tool to help identify academic vocabulary words in instructional text. The AWL, created by Dr. Averil Coxhead, consists of the 570...

Number of views: 2,694
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:12

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