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. 

Common Core & ELLs: Lesson Plans

Colorín Colorado has published three English language arts (ELA) units that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and target English language learners' (ELLs) literacy and language needs. These units for grades 1, 4, and 8 were developed by a group of teachers from Albuquerque, New Mexico...

Number of views: 893
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:29

Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners: Resource Guides for English Language Arts and Mathematics

These resource guides provide information to educators on how to incorporate scaffolds into lesson plans for English language learner (ELL) students. The guides—one in ELA and one in math—were developed by national experts in ELL instruction for the EngageNY curriculum. The scaffolds are based on...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 322
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:22

The 5x8 Card

The 5x8 Card is designed for (and with) school principals to help them observe students' use of Practice Standards that are an integral part of the Common Core State Standards Mathematics (CCSS-M). The Card was developed by a Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) team working in...

Number of views: 210
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 18:06

Cinderella: Identifying Evidence from the Text

In this video clip, the teacher explains to two students how to find and use evidence from the text while reading a picture-book version of Cinderella. She encourages her students to differentiate between the information they learn from illustrations and from the text and also introduces them to...

Number of views: 191
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 16:19

Common Core State Standards and Implications for Special Populations

This policy brief explores the potential impact of the implementation of Common Core State Standards on students with disabilities, Native American students, and English language learners, and gives examples of implementation targeting these populations, followed by recommendations and questions...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 189
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 09:55

Creating Text Dependent Questions for ELLs: Examples for 6th–8th Grade

This guidance document provides useful tips for constructing text-dependent questions (TDQs) for English language learners (ELLs). In this post from Colorin Colorado!, the authors created TDQs for a middle school informational text that is appropriate for ELLs. These TDQs are based on the authors'...

Number of views: 177
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:31

ALDN Math Constructive Conversation Skills Poster

This resource is a mathematics graphic organizer highlighting four important conversation skills when building math understandings and ideas: Clarify a problem and ideas for solving it, Discuss representations and models, Explain and support reasoning, and Use multiple methods for solving. 

Number of views: 176
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 13:42

Cinderella: Higher-Level Questions: Thinking About Magic

In this video, the teacher leads an in-depth discussion about the nature of the magic used in a picture-book version of Cinderella.

Number of views: 175
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:59

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