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. 

ELA/Literacy Grade-Level Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool-Quality Review (GIMET-QR)

The GIMET-QR is a tool designed by the Council of the Great City Schools to support educators in evaluating the quality of instructional materials available and making evidence-based selection decisions about the suitability of instructional materials under consideration. The tool is organized into...

Number of views: 249
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 16:46

What Exactly Do "Fewer, Clearer, and Higher Standards" Really Look Like in the Classroom? Using a Cognitive Rigor Matrix to Analyze Curriculum, Plan Lessons, and Implement Assessments

From the abstract: "With the ever-increasing call for more rigorous curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the United States, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers are aiming to define the rigorous skills and knowledge that students need in order to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 217
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:18

STEM Immersion Guide

The STEM Immersion Guide is web-based and provides a framework to help educators in Arizona develop STEM programs.

Number of views: 215
Date created: 06/29/2017 - 10:01

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: 211
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 18:06

Academic Language and ELLs: What Teachers Need to Know

From the website: "This article written by Colorín Colorado Manager Lydia Breiseth helps educators understand the role that academic language plays in their classrooms and in ELL student success. The article also includes information on social vs. academic language, as well as numerous examples of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 201
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:08

Uncommonly Engaging? A Review of the EngageNY English Language Arts Common Core Curriculum

This resource reports on a review of the EngageNY ELA curriculum. It asks the questions, "Is it a high-quality product? Is it well aligned to the Common Core? Is it teachable?" It provides an in-depth review of EngageNY’s alignment to the CCSS ELA standards by grade band along the following...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 199
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:38

Attributes of Effective Formative Assessment

From the resource: "This document presents the definition of formative assessment and identifies and explains the five attributes of effective formative assessment. One key feature of this definition is its requirement that formative assessment be regarded as a process rather than a particular kind...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 198
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:21

Quality Performance Assessment Framework

The Quality Performance Assessment (QPA) framework was developed to help teachers and school leaders create a system of local assessments that works for their classroom contexts.

Number of views: 196
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 14:29

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