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. 

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: 215
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:18

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: 206
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 18:06

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: 198
Date created: 06/29/2017 - 10:01

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: 198
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:08

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: 194
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: 192
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 14:29

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: 192
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:38

Addressing Disciplinary Literacy Knowledge in the Common Core State Standards

This article from the Illinois Reading Council discusses the connections between Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and disciplinary literacy. Although related, disciplinary literacy and content area literacy differ in purpose and substance. Inquiry is at the heart of practices in disciplinary...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 189
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:12

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