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. 

Next Generation Science Standards: Considerations for Curricula, Assessments, Preparation, and Implementation

From the authors: "Many states’ science standards are based on guidance documents created by the National Research Council in 1996 that do not reflect the scientific advances and educational research findings that have since occurred. Among options for policymakers to consider to update existing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 100
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:15

NASA Education: Workshops

The NASA Education site provides links to resources at ten education centers.  An example of the type of services to educators, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers workshops for educators applying STEM concepts and experiences from NASA missions in areas such as engineering literacy, space...

Type: Service
Number of views: 96
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:07

NGSS District Implementation Indicators

As districts implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), this tool can be valuable to identify signifiers of successful NGSS adoption. This tool identifies 13 important indicators of successful NGSS adoption, broken into three broad categories: foundational strategies, essential...

Number of views: 95
Date created: 03/30/2017 - 09:27

The Inquiry Project: Seeing the World Through a Scientist’s Eyes

The Inquiry Project is a grades 3–5 curriculum that involves students in investigations about matter. A major part of the project consists of involving students in collaborative work. The project's website highlights curricular design and implementation tools for teachers, including instructional...

Number of views: 89
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:41

Common Core State Standards: Assessment Literacy

This website provides a wide range of information on assessments, including an overview of assessment literacy, California’s assessment system, the purposes and uses of assessments, developing assessments, analyzing data, and effective use of assessment results. It is one in a series of ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 81
Date created: 12/22/2015 - 14:08

Strategies for Developing Science Literacy

The Integrated Middle School Science (IMSS) Partnership—a collaboration between California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), the Alameda County Office of Education, the East Bay Science Project, the Santa Clara County Office of Education, and local science, school, and museum organizations—has...

Number of views: 82
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:23

An Initial Learning Progression in Chemical Design

This resource is one of a series of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)–based projects funded by the National Science Foundation. It is a document from the collection at the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education, describing a two-year (2012–2014) exploratory project in which...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 80
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 15:49

Overview of the Common Core State Standards Initiatives for ELLs

The purpose of this brief from TESOL is to provide an overview of the policies behind the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. The paper outlines some initiatives that are in place (as of the time of publication) to address the needs of English language learners (...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 79
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 12:55

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