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. 

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Secondary School Leader

The purpose of this Action Brief for secondary leaders is to help them implement the new standards in their schools. The brief is designed to increase awareness of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), create a sense of urgency around their implementation, and provide these stakeholders with...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 4
Date created: 11/17/2014 - 17:05

Better Seeing What We Don’t See as We Teach

Students far too often say they understand something that they don’t, and teachers far too often accept their assurances as fact rather than fiction. In this brief article, Grant Wiggins draws from both researchers and his own classroom experiences to help teachers know if their students really...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 5
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:10

Roadmap for a Successful Transition to the Common Core in States and Districts

The purpose of this report from the Center for American Progress is to provide recommendations for practical ways that states and districts can enact in order to realize the benefits of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and improve the quality of education for all students. The authors...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 11/03/2014 - 09:46

None of the Above: A New Approach to Testing and Assessment

This report by Educators 4 Excellence, a teacher-led organization that seeks to elevate the voices of teachers in policy discussions, presents recommendations for changes to the current systems of evaluating student performance in light of Common Core implementation. A group of 14 teachers worked...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 13:55

The Common Core Standards: Starting Now

This Educational Leadership magazine article provides guidance on what schools and districts can do to move forward in implementing the Common Core State Standards, given limited resources and time. The authors specifically focus on strategies and resources related to English language arts and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 09:37

A Closer Look at the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

A "Closer Look at the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics" is an introductory 7-part module intended to assist teachers, administrators, and leaders of kindergarten through high school in building an understanding of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. The materials include...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 09:51

State Accountability in the Transition to Common Core

This policy brief from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute presents advice on challenges to Common Core transitions. A research team from Fordham interviewed key policymakers and influentials in five states (Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and New York) to gather information on how the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 07/02/2014 - 11:17

The Common Core Takes Hold: Implementation Moves Steadily Forward

In this article, Robert Rothman presents a general overview of implementation practices of the Common Core across the nation. Rothman discusses the idea of “standards deviation” or differences in interpretation of how standards should be implemented. He also discusses cross state and national...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 07/18/2014 - 14:11

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