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: 3,463
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:12

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: 751
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: 666
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:37

Assessment Literacy: Making Sense of K-12 Assessment for Learning

AssessmentLiteracy.org is a website created as part of an assessment literacy initiative sponsored by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). The website provides information and guidance to educators and professional development providers about the purposes of assessment, the components of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 594
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:20

NSTA Web Seminar Series

This seminar series offers archives of ‘live webinars’ from Spring of 2012 to early 2015, providing support for educators to increase their understanding of the standards and their implementation in the classroom.  Authors and advisors of the NGSS standards share insights, emphasizing the standards...

Type: Service
Number of views: 540
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:11

The Mathematics Common Core Toolbox

This toolbox is meant to support districts in their implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Dana Center believes the new standards provide an opportunity for districts to move their students to higher levels of achievement. However, they also recognize the challenges districts...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 378
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:31

A Professional Development Approach to the NGSS

This book includes activities and useful advice for guiding teachers and administrators as they put the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into practice in the classroom. Written by three experts in professional development for science teachers, it offers the following: • Introduces the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 362
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:44

Assessment Tools For Professional Development

Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) is a professional science organization whose members have direct accountability to the government agencies given the constitutional authority for education. Through their website, CSSS has compiled a list of evaluation tools related to professional...

Number of views: 286
Date created: 06/29/2017 - 13:15

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