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. 

Getting College and Career Ready During State Transition Toward the Common Core State Standards

This study provides a first look at how student college and career readiness have progressed in the early years of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation. Using longitudinal administrative data from Kentucky, an early adopter of the CCSS, it followed three cohorts of students from the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 7
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:27

Parents’ Guides to Student Success

This guide, based on the Common Core State Standards, provides an overview for parents on key mathematics and English language arts/literacy content that their children will learn by the end of each year, from kindergarten through 12th grade. It also offers parents ideas for activities to help...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 11
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:05

How Are States Reporting on College and Career Readiness?

From the Publisher: "Preparing students for success in college and careers is one of the primary goals of our education system. How states track and report progress toward the goal of college and career readiness is important for public accountability and transparency; making data available...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 09:32

The Role of Learning Progressions in Competency-Based Pathways

From the Introduction: "In early 2015, leaders within Achieve’s Competency-Based Pathways State Partnership set out to more clearly understand the potential of learning progressions research to transform instructional practice and what is being done to translate that research into training and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:20

Wikimedia Commons

This resource is a database of 40 million+ freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.

Number of views: 13
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:58

Deeper Learning: Policies for a 21st Century Education

From the Introduction: "This report is aimed at supporting state boards of education that are working on providing significantly more students with deeper learning opportunities and facilitating board-level conversations on key related topics. The report provides foundational principles that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:10

Smarter Balanced Assessments: Keep Results in Perspective for Students and Their Families

In this short California Schools article, veteran educator Kathy Caric encourages districts and schools to implement effective strategies to inform parents and students about the value of multiple measures when reporting student progress. She notes that the expected low scores on the upcoming...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 08/27/2015 - 15:16

The Linked Learning Advantage: Using Linked Learning to Implement the Common Core State Standards

This brief examines how Linked Learning, an approach to high school reform that prepares students for college and careers by connecting learning in the classroom with real-world applications outside the school, offers an advantage to teachers, schools, and districts implementing the Common Core...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:21

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