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. 

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: 3,882
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:12

What works? Explorations in improving outcomes for Indigenous students

In December 1997, Australia launched a series of Strategic Results Projects (SRPs) designed to explore methods for improving outcomes of aboriginal students. This major report summarizes results from more than 80 funded projects focusing on one or more of the following priorities: educational...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 350
Date created: 12/30/2014 - 14:11

Cinderella: Higher-Level Questions: Thinking About Magic

In this video, the teacher leads an in-depth discussion about the nature of the magic used in a picture-book version of Cinderella.

Number of views: 178
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:59

The Potential of a Culturally Based Supplemental Mathematics Curriculum to Improve the Mathematics Performance of Alaska Native and Other Students

This randomized controlled trial conducted in Alaska examined the efficacy of the reform-oriented and culturally based Math in a Cultural Context (MCC) teacher training and curriculum. The results show that the Picking Berries (representing and measuring) and Going to Egg Island (grouping and place...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 174
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 09:36

English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives

From the website: "English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives examines the research on English learners (ELs)’ learning, teaching, and assessment in STEM subjects and provides guidance on how to improve learning outcomes in STEM for these students. This report...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 162
Date created: 12/21/2018 - 13:36

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: 150
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:52

Cinderella: Learning About Genre

In this video, the teacher discusses the hands-on way she tackles teaching the concept of genre with her students and how that plays a part in her lesson planning. She offers graphic organizers and charts to support student learning, hands-on opportunities to interact with a variety of book, and ...

Number of views: 107
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:56

Teacher Professional Development Rationales and Resources on How to Meet the Language Demands of New College- and Career-Ready Standards

Newly-adopted college- and career-ready standards and accountability requirements will oblige teachers to increase emphases on deeper learning activities. As the cognitive levels of academic activities increase in complexity and abstraction, the sophistication of the language that students will...

Number of views: 106
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:57

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