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. 

Distinguishing Formative Assessment from Other Educational Assessment Labels

From the publisher: "In this document, the FAST SCASS (Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers - State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards) aims to clarify the meaning and uses of the types of assessment most frequently used in education. By so doing, the FAST SCASS intends to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 170
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:24

New Classroom Videos Demonstrating Transitions to NGSS

This resource provides instructional support for implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). From the website: "Achieve and the Teaching Channel collaborated with an elementary school teacher and high school teacher from Boone County, KY to capture snapshots of what NGSS early...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 160
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:52

“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

Backward Design for Forward Action

This publication provides a concise overview of a three-stage, data-driven backward planning process to improve student learning. This backward design process proposes systemic changes at the classroom, school, and district levels in order to develop meaningful assessments and learning plans. The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 154
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:20

Vignette Collection of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

The Vignette Collection resource is a compilation of in-depth classroom lesson examples. Each vignette is intended to illustrate a specific literacy practice (i.e., close reading, summarizing informational texts, etc.). Vignettes follow a standard format and typically include most of the following...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 136
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:16

Lessons Learned About Instruction from Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in College and Career Ready Assessments

The brief was prepared in response to the challenges students with disabilities have experienced with the new assessments. Designed to offer information coupled with these challenges, Margaret Heritage and Sheryl Lazarus provide instructional solutions and resources that state education agencies (...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 132
Date created: 01/26/2016 - 14:51

Independent Reviews of Instructional Materials

These reports were created as a resource for teachers, parents, state and district officials, and others with an interest in identifying Common Core–aligned instructional materials.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 125
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:02

Engaging Native American Learners with Rigor and Cultural Relevance

In this brief, the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement presents three strategies to increase Native American student achievement and engagement. The strategies focus on: instructional practices, curriculum content, and school climate.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 123
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:06

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