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. 

Illinois Assessment Literacy Training Module

This website contains a 39-page guide, Guiding Principles for Classroom Assessment, that discusses assessment design, preparation, analysis, and quality (reliability, validity, cultural diversity, and fairness). A 4.5-minute webinar, Introduction to Balanced Assessment, gives an overview of a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 250
Date created: 12/22/2015 - 14:10

The 5x8 Card

The 5x8 Card is designed for (and with) school principals to help them observe students' use of Practice Standards that are an integral part of the Common Core State Standards Mathematics (CCSS-M). The Card was developed by a Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) team working in...

Number of views: 244
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 18:06

Professional Learning Modules for the Common Core State Standards: Assessment Literacy

As part of its Common Core State Standards (CCSS) professional learning module series, the California Department of Education, in collaboration with the San Joaquin Valley County Office of Education, has developed an online module focused on the topic of assessment literacy. The resource is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 243
Date created: 09/29/2015 - 15:38

Helping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond

This report was written for educators and policymakers who are seeking ways to focus attention on the social and academic needs of newcomer adolescent students. Based on a three-year national research study funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, this report addresses the challenges and...

Number of views: 236
Date created: 09/13/2016 - 10:35

Academic Language and ELLs: What Teachers Need to Know

From the website: "This article written by Colorín Colorado Manager Lydia Breiseth helps educators understand the role that academic language plays in their classrooms and in ELL student success. The article also includes information on social vs. academic language, as well as numerous examples of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 221
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:08

English Language Development: Guidelines for Instruction

The authors reviewed and synthesized several bodies of research and provide 14 guidelines for educators to help English learners make greater strides in learning English, specifically in English Language development (ELD) instruction. “ELD instruction is designed specifically to advance English...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 216
Date created: 09/18/2014 - 09:43

Cinderella: Identifying Evidence from the Text

In this video clip, the teacher explains to two students how to find and use evidence from the text while reading a picture-book version of Cinderella. She encourages her students to differentiate between the information they learn from illustrations and from the text and also introduces them to...

Number of views: 214
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 16:19

Common Core State Standards and Implications for Special Populations

This policy brief explores the potential impact of the implementation of Common Core State Standards on students with disabilities, Native American students, and English language learners, and gives examples of implementation targeting these populations, followed by recommendations and questions...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 205
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 09:55

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