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. 

Item Writing Guides and Item Exemplars (ELA & Math)

CSAI has developed two resources to support educators interested in deepening their knowledge of assessment design and assessment literacy. These two resources, specific to English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, are designed to enhance educators' ability to recognize and create high-quality...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 866
Date created: 07/26/2016 - 17:42

Newcomer Tool Kit

This tool kit is designed to support educators and school staff in implementing and improving programs for immigrant students, including asylees, refugees, and their families. The stated goals of this resource are to help teachers, school leaders, and school site personnel expand opportunities for...

Number of views: 864
Date created: 10/11/2016 - 12:19

English Language Arts Claims Structure

Reading Claim For the reading claim, the performance levels at each grade level are differentiated by three factors: Text complexity The range of accuracy in expressing reading comprehension demonstrated in student responses; and The quality of evidence cited from sources read These claims reflect ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 862
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 21:13

STEAM Portal

This website features several helpful resources on integrating STEAM in the classroom. Contents include Tools & Tips, Workshops, Courses, and Certification.

Number of views: 850
Date created: 01/11/2017 - 12:20

Developing and Refining Lessons: Planning Learning and Formative Assessment for Math College and Career Ready Standards

This resource provides guidance for teachers in the design of daily lessons that support student learning of the math college- and career- ready standards (CCRS). This resource emphasizes the formative assessment process in lesson planning and improvement, such as strategies to elicit evidence,...

Number of views: 839
Date created: 09/17/2014 - 10:46

Are You Ready to Assess Social and Emotional Development? Tools Index

The Tools Index is last in a three part series of a social and emotional learning (SEL) toolkit to help educators in schools and districts decide on whether and how to assess SEL. (To view the Ready To Assess suite of tools, click here.) The Tools Index, organized by grade level span, provides ...

Number of views: 829
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 11:03

Formative Assessment: Examples of Practice

To help educators better understand formative assessment, this paper provides examples and counter-examples of formative assessment in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Using the five attributes (i.e., learning progressions, learning goals and criteria for success, descriptive...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 828
Date created: 09/07/2017 - 11:47

ESSA’s Non-Academic Measure: What States Should Know About School Climate and SEL

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) convened a panel of social and emotional learning (SEL) and school climate experts to discuss the opportunities and issues around ESSA allowing states to use at least one non-academic measure to monitor their schools’ performance. This resource contains a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 823
Date created: 01/02/2017 - 12:09

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