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. 

The Relevance of Culturally Based Curriculum and Instruction: The Case of Nancy Sharp

In this paper, the authors describe an ethnography of Ms. Sharp’s classroom. Ms. Sharp is the Yup’ik immersion teacher for grades K–3 in an Alaskan community almost entirely comprised of Yup’ik Eskimo. As part of her work with the authors, Ms. Sharp uses mathematics curriculum that was developed to...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 58
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 12:58

Native American Developmental Disabilities Needs Assessment

The purpose of this study was to better understand the needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) with developmental disabilities (DD). A secondary goal was to improve and/or expand services. Methodology included a survey and interviews with representative AI/AN samples. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 57
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:04

What Cognitive Benefits Does an Activity-Based Reading Strategy Afford Young Native American Readers?

This study describes two experiments that are conducted with children from a reservation community. In Experiment 1, 45 third-grade children are randomly assigned to the following reading strategies: (a) “reread,” in which participants read each sentence of a story and then reread it; (b) “observe...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 54
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 11:42

Advanced Placement Courses and American Indian Performance

This article’s authors analyzed enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and performance on AP examinations for American Indian (AI) students in the United States in 2007. AP examination scores, overall and for five AP courses, of AI students are compared to the AP examination scores of white...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 54
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 11:55

Field Ecology in a Cultural Context

The authors of this article describe their development of  a module that integrates modern ecological theory within an American Indian (AI) cultural framework. In the weeklong field study course in Hot Springs, South Dakota, Lakota Sioux high school students explore woodpecker habitat selection and...

Number of views: 53
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 12:03

Bilingual Curriculum among the Northern Arapaho: Oral Tradition, Literacy, and Performance

In this article, the author suggests that “Northern Arapaho language classrooms, led by Native-speaking, traditionally oriented elders, offer perhaps the best example within the culture of how traditional practices of oral performance can be mediated via written materials in such a way that...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 53
Date created: 08/11/2014 - 11:53

A New Native Teachers Corp: Integrating Culture and Language in Schooling

This article reports on the U.S. Department of Education's previously funded Native Educators Research Project. The project's findings identify three implications for Native teacher training. The recommendations are:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 51
Date created: 04/01/2015 - 13:31

Understanding Disabilities in American Indian & Alaska Native Communities Toolkit Guide

The National Council on Disability created this toolkit guide to provide information and suggestions for improving services and protections for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, with overview information on the prevalence of disabilities in these communities. The toolkit is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 49
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 12:56