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: 3,965
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:12

Achieving with Data: How High-performing School Systems use Data to Improve Instruction for Elementary Students

This report is the second in a three-part research effort to investigate the prevalence of performance-driven practices in urban school districts across the country. The study captures the details of data-driven instructional decision making at the classroom, school, and system levels in two urban...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 2,220
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Effective Teaching Strategies for Middle School Learners in Multicultural, Multilingual Classrooms

This article explores teacher evaluations of researcher-endorsed instructional strategies employed by 16 middle school teachers in Florida to address the developmental and educational needs of their students.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,964
Date created: 06/16/2014 - 09:40

Culturally Appropriate Curriculum: A Research-Based Rationale

This chapter examines theoretical and practical research studies that support and inform the development of culturally appropriate curriculum for American Indian children in K–12 classrooms.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,336
Date created: 06/16/2014 - 09:55

High-Leverage Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

New college and career ready standards (CCRS) have established more rigorous expectations of learning for all learners, including EL students, than what was expected in previous standards. A common feature in these new content-area standards is their emphasis on students’ use of language to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,243
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 19:27

Language Objectives: The Key to Effective Content Area Instruction for English Learners

From the website: "In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Jennifer Himmel of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides an overview of how to use language objectives in content-area instruction for English learners. Her overview includes:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,146
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:10

Relationships and convergences among the mathematics, science, and ELA practices

A product of the Stanford University Understanding Language initiative, this Venn diagram is a tool that effectively illustrates the overlap and grouping of student practices (and student capacities) from four sets of seminal documents: the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language...

Number of views: 1,062
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:26

Common Core & ELLs: Lesson Plans

Colorín Colorado has published three English language arts (ELA) units that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and target English language learners' (ELLs) literacy and language needs. These units for grades 1, 4, and 8 were developed by a group of teachers from Albuquerque, New Mexico...

Number of views: 959
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:29

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