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. 

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

Building Common Core Skills: Beyond “Turn and Talk”

Many teachers rely on Turn and Talks or Think-Pair-Shares. These are great methods, but how can you build on them to prepare students for the demands of more complicated conversations? This resource provides a process (discussion norms, steps, video examples, and sentence starters) for building...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 104
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:23

Next Generation Science Standards: Considerations for Curricula, Assessments, Preparation, and Implementation

From the authors: "Many states’ science standards are based on guidance documents created by the National Research Council in 1996 that do not reflect the scientific advances and educational research findings that have since occurred. Among options for policymakers to consider to update existing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 103
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:15

Support Protecting Native Culture during the Implementation of Common Core State Standards

In this resolution, the National Congress of American Indians calls upon states who have adopted the Common Core State Standards to evaluate AI student needs, and then to consult, collaborate, and develop tribal-state partnerships that specify additional standards ensuring Native histories,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 103
Date created: 12/26/2014 - 10:11

Interacting with Complex Texts: Scaffolding Reading

This lesson is part of the Persuasion Across Time and Space unit. In this video, the teacher works with struggling students and prepares them to access complex text by scaffolding their background knowledge on the text.

Number of views: 102
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:02

Findings and Recommendations Prepared by the Bureau of Indian Education Study Group Submitted to the Secretaries of the Departments of the Interior and Education

In 2013, Secretary Sally Jewell of the U.S. Department of the Interior and Secretary Arne Duncan of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) formed an American Indian Education Study Group, consisting of academics, school practitioners, lawyers, and experts in American Indian affairs. The purpose of...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 100
Date created: 12/24/2014 - 09:01

Connecting Formative Assessment Research to Practice: An Introductory Guide for Educators

This guide is intended to enhance the knowledge and build the capacity of state, district, and school personnel to implement effective formative assessment practice. It defines formative assessment, examines the research, and outlines the components needed to develop a high-quality, research-based...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 100
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Using Sentence Frames to Jumpstart Writing

Teachers can support student writing by using sentence frames which provide the option for varied responses. This technique helps students understand what the answer might look like.

Number of views: 100
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:05

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