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. 

Addressing Disciplinary Literacy Knowledge in the Common Core State Standards

This article from the Illinois Reading Council discusses the connections between Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and disciplinary literacy. Although related, disciplinary literacy and content area literacy differ in purpose and substance. Inquiry is at the heart of practices in disciplinary...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 215
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:12

Quality Performance Assessment Framework

The Quality Performance Assessment (QPA) framework was developed to help teachers and school leaders create a system of local assessments that works for their classroom contexts.

Number of views: 215
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 14:29

Attributes of Effective Formative Assessment

From the resource: "This document presents the definition of formative assessment and identifies and explains the five attributes of effective formative assessment. One key feature of this definition is its requirement that formative assessment be regarded as a process rather than a particular kind...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 211
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:21

Instructional Practice Guide: Lesson Planning - ELA

The Lesson Planning Tool (digital version only) guides teachers through a series of prompts about lesson content, structure, and activities to ensure that the shifts required by the CCSS are central to the lesson. English language arts teachers will be guided through the process of creating a close...

Number of views: 210
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:44

Transforming Students’ Lives with Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of integrating thinking, feeling, and behaving in order to become aware of the self and of others, make responsible decisions, and manage one’s own behaviors and those of others. This resource describes the objectives and theoretical underpinnings...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 205
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:41

Menu of Possible Interventions for Native American Students: Guidance, Practices, Programs, Strategies and Resources

As suggested by its title, this resource covers a broad number of methods and tools for supporting Native American student learning, including research-based support systems, effective teaching strategies, links to national and state Native American programs/initiatives, and links to miscellaneous...

Number of views: 203
Date created: 04/01/2015 - 14:21

‘Both and’ Literacy Instruction K-5: A Proposed Paradigm Shift for the Common Core State Standards ELA Classroom

This article proposes a language arts curriculum congruent to the new, English/language arts (ELA) college and career ready standards, particularly to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The idea of behind "'both and' literacy instruction" is that all of the following elements are needed for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 200
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 18:06

Assessment Literacy Project

This site provides online professional development in assessment literacy for educators. The information is organized into a series of modules, each of which begins with a video of Dr. James Popham. Educators also participate in activities and read articles as part of the learning process. Along...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 190
Date created: 09/29/2015 - 17:28

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