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. 

Cinderella (4th Grade Unit)

This examplar fourth grade unit contains six lessons and is based on a picture-book version of Cinderella. Activities include interactive readings, embedded vocabulary instruction, mini lessons on context clues and idioms, and an opportunity for students to write their own fairy tale.

Number of views: 161
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 15:52

“Why Are There So Many Words in Math?”: Planning for Content-Area Vocabulary Instruction

This article, published by the National Council of Teachers of English, describes a planning tool for vocabulary instruction called the 5 Cs. It was developed to help teachers consider which words to teach in content-area classes such as mathematics, science, and social studies. The tool supports...

Number of views: 158
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:22

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards

These are the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) standards. From the introduction: "Building on the ELPD framework, CCSSO has utilized the services of WestEd and the Understanding Language team at Stanford University to develop a new set of ELP Standards which...

Number of views: 156
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 12:51

How to Support Refugee Students in the ELL Classroom

This article provides information about key differences between immigrant and refugee children, and outlines areas of challenge faced by refugees that can be addressed by schools. The article is followed by a list of practical, web-based resources for educators and administrators seeking to support...

Number of views: 154
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:34

Common Core Curriculum Rubric: Meeting the Needs of ELLs

The purpose of this rubric is to help teachers and school and district administrators assess whether a Common Core-based curriculum meets English language learner (ELL) needs. The rubric was initially developed to help the authors review a state’s ESL curriculum to see if it would help ELLs meet...

Number of views: 154
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:39

Principles and Characteristics of Inclusive Assessment Systems in a Changing Assessment Landscape

"This document is the fourth in a series of Principles documents produced by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). NCEO revisited and revised its 2008 Principles for inclusive assessment systems to respond to the many changes in the current educational assessment context. The revised...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 149
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 12:57

Text Complexity and English Learners—Building Vocabulary

As part of a series of accessible articles on reading instruction (Text Matters), Elfrieda Hiebert examines the particular issues faced by English learners with regard to text complexity. Prior to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), old standards documents referred to reading proficiency with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 145
Date created: 05/02/2014 - 11:48

English Learners and ESSA: A TESOL Resource Kit

TESOL's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) resource kit is to support TESOL professionals in understanding how ESSA will affect the field. The resource kit helps educators of ELs understand the essential components of ESSA and provides an overview of the updated law, summaries of the major...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 143
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 12:56

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