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. 

Item Writing Guides and Item Exemplars (ELA & Math)

CSAI has developed two resources to support educators interested in deepening their knowledge of assessment design and assessment literacy. These two resources, specific to English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, are designed to enhance educators' ability to recognize and create high-quality...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 788
Date created: 07/26/2016 - 17:42

ELA Building Blocks of a Standard

This tool is used to record the Learning Goals and Success Criteria of lesson-sized stacks of Building Blocks. Teachers may choose to use one template per stack or record multiple stacks on the same template.

Number of views: 789
Date created: 09/23/2015 - 16:47

Seven Keys to Effective Feedback

In this short article, author and former teacher Grant Wiggins says that helpful feedback is goal-referenced; tangible and transparent; actionable; user-friendly (specific and personalized); timely; ongoing; and consistent. He provides many examples from sports and the classroom to support his...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 786
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:32

NGSS Evidence Statements for High School

The NGSS evidence statements for high school provide additional details about what students should know and be able to do at the end of instruction to demonstrate proficiency for each high school performance expectation in the NGSS. Further, the evidence statements describe how students can use the...

Number of views: 784
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:13

Mathematics Evidence Statements

PARCC has made available a series of Mathematics Test Specifications Documents. These resources include a set of Evidence Statements that describe the knowledge and skills that are assessed by items and tasks, and are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. These documents are organized...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 779
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 22:02

Achievement Level Descriptors

The Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) describe four levels of achievement (1-4) across three grade spans: 3-5, 6-8, and High School. The descriptors are organized in two tables, one for English language arts/literacy and the other for mathematics. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 777
Date created: 04/21/2016 - 18:22

Web Alignment Tool

Using Norman Webb’s depth-of-knowledge (DOK) levels, the Web Alignment Tool (WAT) is a web-based application that automates the process of aligning state education standards with standardized tests. This tool makes it possible to gauge the alignment between the standards and the assessment based on...

Number of views: 771
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:07

Developing and Refining Lessons: Planning Learning and Formative Assessment for Math College and Career Ready Standards

This resource provides guidance for teachers in the design of daily lessons that support student learning of the math college- and career- ready standards (CCRS). This resource emphasizes the formative assessment process in lesson planning and improvement, such as strategies to elicit evidence,...

Number of views: 757
Date created: 09/17/2014 - 10:46

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