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. 

Prose Constructed Response Tasks and Generic Writing Rubrics

PARCC has made available a series of resources that provide support with understanding: scoring of assessment tasks use of score criteria to support CCSS-aligned instruction The resources include the following documents:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,456
Date created: 04/28/2015 - 23:24

Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning

"Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning" is an executive summary of the Stanford History Education Group's recent project to develop and validate assessments of students' ability to evaluate information they read online. The research included students in middle schools,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,384
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:36

Online Reading Comprehension Assessments

Online Reading Comprehension Assessments (ORCA) are tests of students' abilities to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information that they read online. Funded by a grant from the Institute for Education Sciences, the ORCA Project was a five-year research project to create, study, and...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,321
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:34

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: 1,260
Date created: 02/10/2014 - 14:55

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: 1,187
Date created: 02/28/2015 - 19:51

Next Generation Science Assessment Project

The Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) team is developing technology-enhanced assessment tasks, rubrics, and accompanying instructional resources in physical science and life science for middle school classrooms. The project aims to create exemplary tasks that can be used during instruction...

Number of views: 1,159
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:50

Social-Emotional Learning Assessment Measures for Middle School Youth

This report, commissioned by the Raikes Foundation, identified valid, reliable, and useable school-wide assessments for social and emotional learning to help schools and districts identify tools that could be useful in determining successful SEL programs. The authors conducted an extensive review...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,158
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 01:52

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: 1,074
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 22:22

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