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. 

Culturally Appropriate Curriculum: A Research-Based Rationale

This chapter examines theoretical and practical research studies that support and inform the development of culturally appropriate curriculum for American Indian children in K–12 classrooms.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,370
Date created: 06/16/2014 - 09:55

Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards

This resource is based on the vision and principles of the Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, addressing NGSS-based assessment development practices. The three-dimensional science design and vision in the NGSS require new approaches for science...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,349
Date created: 02/28/2015 - 19:51

Supporting Students in Close Reading

This resource guides teachers in the process of instructional planning for close reading with students. It is one in a series produced by the Center for Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI). The series’ goal is to assist teachers and those who support teachers to plan teaching and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,339
Date created: 02/10/2014 - 14:55

English Language Arts Performance Level Descriptors

PARCC's English Language Arts/Literacy Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) describe performance expectations for the reading and writing claims. What differentiates current PLDs from those in the past is that current PLDs were developed with the recognition that text complexity is related to the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,328
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 22:22

High-Leverage Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

New college and career ready standards (CCRS) have established more rigorous expectations of learning for all learners, including EL students, than what was expected in previous standards. A common feature in these new content-area standards is their emphasis on students’ use of language to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,312
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 19:27

Generation STEM: The Four Cs of Next Generation Engineering Standards

This article aligns the "four Cs"—collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication—from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (2004) to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The author advocates that the NGSS lay out a vision of science education that embraces a project-...

Number of views: 1,308
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 09:52

What is STEAM?

This webpage introduces the concept of STEAM and how it differs from STEM. Along with other orienting information from its dropdown menu on “STEAM Basics,” including the page “How to STEAM,” this website provides teachers and administrators with practical information to integrate arts into cross-...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,296
Date created: 01/11/2017 - 12:06

Seven Keys to Effective Feedback

In this short article, author and former teacher Grant Wiggins says that helpful feedback is goal-referenced; tangible and transparent; actionable; user-friendly (specific and personalized); timely; ongoing; and consistent. He provides many examples from sports and the classroom to support his...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,295
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:32

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