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. 

Illustrations and Elaborations of Math Practice Standards

This section of the Illustrative Mathematics website helps teachers become more familiar with standards for mathematical practice in order to integrate these standards effectively into instructional planning at both the lesson and unit levels. The exemplars give teachers a clear sense of what the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 428
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:08

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) developed Standards for the 21st-Century Learner to guide school library curricula and programs. The document presents nine common beliefs about learning, information, and access (e.g., "The continuing expansion of information demands that all...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 419
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 15:46

Content Specifications for the Summative Assessment of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (Revised Draft)

This resource describes the claims about student learning in mathematics that were derived from the Common Core State Standards and how they have been used to guide Smarter Balanced's design of a system of summative and interim assessments. The document includes detailed rationales and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 416
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 15:25

Appendix B: Grade Level Tables for All Claims and Assessment Targets and Item Types

These tables lay out assessment targets that comprise each of the four claims Smarter Balanced summative assessment is being designed to evaluate:  

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 413
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 13:49

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: 394
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:31

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: 388
Date created: 12/21/2015 - 12:25

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: 387
Date created: 08/03/2017 - 09:32

What's Learned First, What's Learned Together? Developing a Yearlong Plan from the K–8 College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematical Content

This resource provides the first step for merging mathematical content and practice standards in daily instruction. It helps teachers organize and arrange content standards into a meaningful yearlong sequence of learning, while taking a big-picture view of where particular practice standards fit...

Number of views: 377
Date created: 06/25/2014 - 14:09