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. 

ALDN Constructive Conversation Skills Poster

This resource is a graphic organizer showing four important conversation skills (create, clarify, support, and evaluate and compare) and sentence starters to help students engage in purposeful and extended interactions.

Number of views: 131
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 10:28

ALDN Math Paired Conversation Protocol

This tool guides pairs through an effective conversation to collaboratively solve complex math problems. It provides support with the language needed to clarify problems and ideas for solving them, generate multiple approaches and representations, explain and support reasoning, and negotiate ideas.

Number of views: 128
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 13:49

Planning Instruction to Meet the Intent of the Next Generation Science Standards

In this paper, the authors examine how to design instruction to support students in meeting a cluster or ‘‘bundle’’ of Performance Expectations (PEs) and how to blend the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to develop lesson-level PEs that can be used for guiding...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 126
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:25

Engineering in K–12 Education: Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects

This book resource is a report written by the Committee on K–12 Engineering Education, chaired by Dr. Linda P. B. Katehi. The report will be useful to advocates for greater public understanding of engineering, as well as to those working to boost citizens’ technological and scientific literacy....

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 125
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:19

Get Ready for NextGen Science

This article, written by a district administrator in 2013, brings to light the innovative nature of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and what it means in terms of responding, as an administrator, to the expectations of the NGSS, impressing the need to respond with support in light of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 123
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:38

BSCS Professional Development

This resource is the website for Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), which offers services to the K–college community. As a research and development organization, BSCS mainly provides professional development to educators at national conferences and by request from districts and other...

Type: Service
Number of views: 121
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 11:59

Argumentation in History and Science

Boston College professor and scholar Katherine L. McNeill developed a series of resources to support middle school science and social studies teachers' use of argumentation. The resources are organized in a course format and include a syllabus, slide decks and class materials for each session, and...

Number of views: 114
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:36

Assessment Literacy Standards: A National Imperative

The purpose of this publication is to increase assessment literacy for policymakers, district and school administrators, teachers, and students. To do so, the authors have created assessment literacy standards for each stakeholder group. Emphasis is on maximizing assessment benefits, reducing ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 113
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:44

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