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. 

Science Assessments: Innovations in the Next Generation of State Assessments

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the K-12 Center at ETS collaborated to present this webinar discussing options for science assessment aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The webinar provided an overview of the NGSS, and panelists discussed activities in states that...

Number of views: 162
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:20

“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: 150
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:22

Science Teacher Inquiry Rubric (STIR)

The Science Teacher Inquiry Rubric (STIR) is a two-page observation and teacher-reflection tool, most appropriate for supervisors, principals, or other observers of classroom teachers, and possibly for use by classroom teachers themselves, to assess classroom instruction and practices with regard...

Number of views: 149
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:52

Math in a Cultural Context

Math in a Cultural Context (MCC) is set of interrelated, federally-funded projects that collaborate with Yup’ik elders, teachers, and Alaskan school districts to create culturally-based curriculum materials. MCC has produced supplemental mathematics modules (three for grade 2, one for grades 3–5,...

Number of views: 146
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:07

Inherent Measurement Challenges in the Next Generation Science Standards for Both Formative and Summative Assessment

The authors of this paper provide an overview of the major challenges associated with assessment of the NGSS, specifically the trade-offs that should be considered when designing a system of assessments. Assessment developers and state policymakers will benefit from this resource as they begin to...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 142
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 11:02

ACHIEVE – NGSS Annual Leadership Meeting Proceedings

This resource provides insight into the first Next Generation Science Standards leadership meeting, where four sessions emphasized the role of professional development during the roll-out of the standards and as first efforts by states to initiate implementation.

Type: Service
Number of views: 138
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 11:28

Results of President Obama’s Race to the Top

From the Publisher: "This study examines the effects of Obama’s Race to the Top [funding initiative] on education policymaking around the country. The overall findings . . . indicate that Race to the Top had a meaningful impact on the production of education policy across the United States. In its ...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 134
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:03

The California K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative Launches

This resource announces the launching of the first national K–8 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Early Implementation Initiative, whereby eight school districts throughout California will be collaborating and participating in leadership training for teachers and administrators and in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 134
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:31

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