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. 

“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: 148
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:22

Cinderella (4th Grade Unit)

This examplar fourth grade unit contains six lessons and is based on a picture-book version of Cinderella. Activities include interactive readings, embedded vocabulary instruction, mini lessons on context clues and idioms, and an opportunity for students to write their own fairy tale.

Number of views: 148
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:52

English Learner Tool Kit for State and Local Education Agencies (SEAs and LEAs)

This toolkit was released in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) and the U.S.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 146
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:48

How to Support Refugee Students in the ELL Classroom

This article provides information about key differences between immigrant and refugee children, and outlines areas of challenge faced by refugees that can be addressed by schools. The article is followed by a list of practical, web-based resources for educators and administrators seeking to support...

Number of views: 142
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:34

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards

These are the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) standards. From the introduction: "Building on the ELPD framework, CCSSO has utilized the services of WestEd and the Understanding Language team at Stanford University to develop a new set of ELP Standards which...

Number of views: 133
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 12:51

Text Complexity and English Learners—Building Vocabulary

As part of a series of accessible articles on reading instruction (Text Matters), Elfrieda Hiebert examines the particular issues faced by English learners with regard to text complexity. Prior to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), old standards documents referred to reading proficiency with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 132
Date created: 05/02/2014 - 11:48

ALDN Constructive Conversation Skills Poster

This resource is a graphic organizer showing four important conversation skills (create, clarify, support, and evaluate and compare) and sentence starters to help students engage in purposeful and extended interactions.

Number of views: 131
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 10:28

WIDA Consortium Website on English Language Development (ELD) Standards

This website is a resource for the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium’s English Language Development (ELD) Standards. The WIDA ELD Standards are designed as a curriculum and instruction planning tool to assist educators in determining English language learner (ELL)...

Number of views: 130
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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