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. 

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: 1,243
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 09:52

CommonLit

From the website: "CommonLit is a free digital collection of fiction and nonfiction for classrooms... [It] delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 5-12. Our resources are: Flexible; Research-Based; Aligned to the Common Core State...

Number of views: 1,213
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 15:57

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: 1,208
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:32

Academic Word Finder

Academic Word Finder is a tool to support educators interested in identifying academic vocabulary words in text. The tool is designed to identify tier two words from a given text. To use the tool, educators upload text selections that they wish to analyze. Once text analysis is complete, word lists...

Number of views: 1,162
Date created: 01/11/2016 - 14:35

Language Objectives: The Key to Effective Content Area Instruction for English Learners

From the website: "In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Jennifer Himmel of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides an overview of how to use language objectives in content-area instruction for English learners. Her overview includes:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,146
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:10

Choosing and Using SEL Competency Assessments: What Schools and Districts Need to Know

Jointly developed by the Assessment Work Group (AWG) and researchers from the RAND Corporation's Assessment Finder project, the purpose of this document is to provide school and district leaders and implementation teams with guidance on how to choose and use social and emotional learning (SEL)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,144
Date created: 12/21/2018 - 13:11

Mathematics Evidence Statements

PARCC has made available a series of Mathematics Test Specifications Documents. These resources include a set of Evidence Statements that describe the knowledge and skills that are assessed by items and tasks, and are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. These documents are organized...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,082
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 22:02

Lesson Revision with Formative Assessment

The purpose of this resource is to help teachers revise existing lesson plans so that they incorporate the formative assessment process and align with College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS). We conceptualize lesson planning with formative assessment as four complementary steps:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,071
Date created: 10/25/2017 - 13:15

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