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. 

Common Core & ELLs: Lesson Plans

Colorín Colorado has published three English language arts (ELA) units that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and target English language learners' (ELLs) literacy and language needs. These units for grades 1, 4, and 8 were developed by a group of teachers from Albuquerque, New Mexico...

Number of views: 943
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:29

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: 903
Date created: 10/11/2016 - 12:19

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: 887
Date created: 01/11/2017 - 12:20

ELA Building Blocks of a Standard

This tool is used to record the Learning Goals and Success Criteria of lesson-sized stacks of Building Blocks. Teachers may choose to use one template per stack or record multiple stacks on the same template.

Number of views: 881
Date created: 09/23/2015 - 16:47

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: 881
Date created: 07/26/2016 - 17:42

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: 870
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 21:13

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: 867
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 11:03

From STEM to STEAM: Integrating the Arts

In this webinar, educators David Sousa and Tom Pilecki present research on, and strategies for connecting STEM and the arts. The webinar and accompanying slide presentation discussed the need for STEAM in classroom instruction, teacher-tested professional learning strategies for fitting the arts...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 856
Date created: 01/11/2017 - 14:54

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