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. 

Answering the Questions That Count

In this brief Educational Leadership article, the authors draw from their personal experiences to illustrate the value of answering essential questions prior to data collection. They examine three components of systematic data use: data quality, data capacity, and data culture. Each component is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 80
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:51

Cutting to the Common Core: The Benefits of Narrow Reading Units

Kate Kinsella advocates for the use of “narrow reading” units as ways to build word knowledge and literate discourse for English learners and under-resourced students. Narrow reading is the reading of several texts by one author or about a single topic of interest.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 77
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:18

Common Core and ELLs: Planning Professional Development About Academic Language

This article is part of a series from Colorin Colorado! on planning professional development around the Common Core with English learners (ELs). Written for a district or school curriculum leader, an administrator, or a lead teacher, this article shares guidelines and examples on how to train...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 73
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:14

Mathematics, the Common Core, and Language: Recommendations for Mathematics Instruction for ELs Aligned with the Common Core

In this resource, Judit Moschkovich, professor of mathematics education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, makes recommendations for developing mathematics instruction for English language learners (ELLs) that meet the challenges of the Common Core State Standards. For all students, but...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 72
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:06

Burro's Tortillas: Using “Realia” to Build Background Knowledge

In this video, the teacher describes the "realia" activity she used to introduce Burro's Tortillas and some of the items she brought into the classroom for the lesson. To build and connect to background knowledge, the teacher uses culturally relevant artifacts and activities and student's native...

Number of views: 71
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:51

PaperRater

This is a free version of an online tool that performs spelling, grammar check, and proofreading.

Number of views: 69
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:13

Burro's Tortillas: Making Text-to-Text Connections

The teacher uses Venn Diagram to compare Burro's Tortillas and "The Little Red Hen." The teacher provides story details and elements, and scaffolded instruction through the use of visuals.

Number of views: 67
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:17

Butterfly Unit: Accessing Complex Text in the Primary Grades

This kindergarten class of English language learners (ELLs) demonstrates Lily Wong Fillmore's guidance in how teachers can support students in acquiring and using academic language and working successfully with complex text. These ELL kindergartners have engaged in a unit studying butterflies where...

Number of views: 65
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:34

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