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. 

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: 2,219
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

NSTA Quick-Reference Guides to the NGSS: Elementary, Middle, and High School

This resource is a compilation of workbooks by grade-level span, put together in response to educators' need for assistance in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in their learning communities.  Each guide includes resources addressing the grade level span (i.e. elementary,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 836
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:29

What Professional Development Strategies Are Needed for Successful Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards?

This resource is a paper presented by Dr. Brian J. Reiser, from Northwestern University, at the Research Symposium on Science Assessment, hosted by the Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management (K–12 Center) at ETS, in September 2013 in Washington, DC. It articulates the required...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 714
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:37

The Progression of Reading Comprehension

A high level of reading comprehension is necessary for school and career success. This paper explains four key constructs, how they are intertwined, and their roles in reading comprehension. The four constructs are:

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 471
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 18:05

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

Professional Development for Science Teachers

This resource is an article in the April 2013 issue of Science. It is available through subscription (personal or library). The author offers an overview of the call for improving science education in the United States, and the role that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) play in...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 299
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:51

Learning Trajectories in Mathematics

This report focuses on learning trajectories for mathematics education; what they are (including defining various ways in which the terms trajectory, progression, learning, and teaching are used); and how they can function to inform instruction. The report provides examples from the Common Core...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 215
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Supporting the Implementation of NGSS through Research: Professional Development

This resource is a position statement and paper from the National Association for Research on Science Teaching. The authors emphasize that much has been learned in the last several years about effective science instruction, including the importance of paying attention to student thinking throughout...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 185
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 11:36

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