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. 

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: 73
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:01

Common Core State Standards: Assessment Literacy

This website provides a wide range of information on assessments, including an overview of assessment literacy, California’s assessment system, the purposes and uses of assessments, developing assessments, analyzing data, and effective use of assessment results. It is one in a series of ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 83
Date created: 12/22/2015 - 14:08

The Inquiry Project: Seeing the World Through a Scientist’s Eyes

The Inquiry Project is a grades 3–5 curriculum that involves students in investigations about matter. A major part of the project consists of involving students in collaborative work. The project's website highlights curricular design and implementation tools for teachers, including instructional...

Number of views: 89
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:41

Argumentation in History and Science

Boston College professor and scholar Katherine L. McNeill developed a series of resources to support middle school science and social studies teachers' use of argumentation. The resources are organized in a course format and include a syllabus, slide decks and class materials for each session, and...

Number of views: 114
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:36

Supporting the Implementation of NGSS through Research: Assessment

From the authors: "The NGSS [Next Generation Science Standards] identify three dimensions essential for providing students with a quality science education: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts across domains of science, and disciplinary core ideas.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 115
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:17

Designing NGSS Assessments to Evaluate the Efficacy of Curriculum Interventions

In this paper, the authors present an approach to designing assessments for the intended purpose of evaluating curriculum interventions for NGSS implementation in schools. The use of evidence-centered design (ECD) is discussed and illustrated in an example from an urban middle school in which...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 130
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:54

Inherent Measurement Challenges in the Next Generation Science Standards for Both Formative and Summative Assessment

The authors of this paper provide an overview of the major challenges associated with assessment of the NGSS, specifically the trade-offs that should be considered when designing a system of assessments. Assessment developers and state policymakers will benefit from this resource as they begin to...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 137
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 11:02

“Why Are There So Many Words in Math?”: Planning for Content-Area Vocabulary Instruction

This article, published by the National Council of Teachers of English, describes a planning tool for vocabulary instruction called the 5 Cs. It was developed to help teachers consider which words to teach in content-area classes such as mathematics, science, and social studies. The tool supports...

Number of views: 146
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:22

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