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. 

Understanding Formative Assessment: Insights from Learning Theory and Measurement Theory

From the website summary: "Formative assessment is intended to yield real-time information about if and how students are learning—and what might be impeding their progress. Insights gained from this ongoing classroom assessment process can help teachers shape instruction and guide student efforts...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 409
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:18

The Progression of Reading Comprehension

A high level of reading comprehension is necessary for school and career success. This paper explains four key constructs, how they are intertwined, and their roles in reading comprehension. The four constructs are:

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 405
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 18:05

The Mathematics Common Core Toolbox

This toolbox is meant to support districts in their implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Dana Center believes the new standards provide an opportunity for districts to move their students to higher levels of achievement. However, they also recognize the challenges districts...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 378
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:31

Instructional Practice Toolkit and Classroom Videos

The Instructional Practice Toolkit and Classroom Videos is a professional learning resource for teachers and teacher educators. There are two instructional practice toolkit modules: one for mathematics and another for English language arts/literacy.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 378
Date created: 08/03/2017 - 09:32

Feed-Up, Feedback, Feed Forward: Making Formative Assessment Come Alive

This 56-minute webinar discusses an approach to formative assessment to enhance the teacher/student relationship in order to promote learning. It provides practical examples from elementary and secondary classrooms. The webinar is presented by Nancy Frey, a faculty member of the Association for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 377
Date created: 12/21/2015 - 12:25

Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) developed a set of seven principles of effective instruction for English learners (ELs). These principles are based on research on ELs and CAL’s extensive experience working with EL students and their teachers. CAL uses these principles to guide professional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 336
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:50

Planned Language Approach (PLA) for Early Childhood Programs

The Planned Language Approach (PLA) is a research-based system of services within an early childhood program designed to ensure high-quality, effective language and literacy instruction for dual language learners (DLLs) and children who speak only English.  This website provides guides,...

Number of views: 334
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 15:45

Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners: Resource Guides for English Language Arts and Mathematics

These resource guides provide information to educators on how to incorporate scaffolds into lesson plans for English language learner (ELL) students. The guides—one in ELA and one in math—were developed by national experts in ELL instruction for the EngageNY curriculum. The scaffolds are based on...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 315
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:22

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