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. 

Aligning Common Core, One Bite at a Time

According to the author, while the “Common Core’s complexity and enormity cannot be denied, it is much like the old adage about how to eat an elephant. Answer: One bite at a time.” In order to align the school district’s curriculum, instruction and assessments to the Common Core, the author...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 28
Date created: 02/25/2014 - 10:57

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessment for the Common Core State Standards

This newly updated and final edition of Coming together to Raise Achievement provides consortia-approved summaries of the ongoing work of all the assessment consortia: comprehensive assessment (PARCC and Smarter Balanced), alternative assessment (DLM and NCSC), and English language proficiency...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 06/09/2014 - 12:12

Observations on CCSSM Standards for Mathematical Content: What Content is Visibly Emphasized?

This guidance document visually demonstrates what content is emphasized through the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). In addition to visually displaying and providing reasoning for the major differences in emphases between the pre-CCSSM strand model and the CCSSM model, the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 09/04/2015 - 14:51

Creating Coherence: Common Core State Standards, Teacher Evaluation, and Professional Learning

In this special issues brief, authors Sheri Leo and Jane Coggshall lay out a suggested approach for creating meaningful coherence across three interdependent education reforms: Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluation, and professional learning. The authors provide a recommended approach...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 09:10

Common Core Implementation Best Practices: Testimony Before the New York State Office of the Governor Common Core Implementation Panel

In this testimony before the New York State Office of the Governor Common Core Implementation Panel, Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, outlines four areas that she believes the state’s leaders must tackle in order to make translation from the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 22
Date created: 10/03/2014 - 12:40

Innovative Math Program Succeeds at American Indian Schools, Before Funding Is Cut

This article provides an overview of a mathematics program "Strength in Number," which is used by some Wyoming schools that serve large numbers of Native American students. The program exemplifies the type of learning and assessment envisioned in the Common Core State Standards, though it was...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 21
Date created: 09/16/2015 - 15:32

Common Core Works: From the Page to the Classroom

This webpage includes CCSS professional development videos (and accompanying info) created by the Council of Great City Schools. The videos provide the background of the CCSS and highlight the three shifts that are inherent in these standards.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 18
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:41

Teaching to the Core: Integrating Implementation of Common Core and Teacher Effectiveness Policies

To strengthen state implementation of Common Core State Standards and meaningful teacher evaluations, the Aspen Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in this policy brief suggest ten actions to move beyond simply implementing ambitious reforms in parallel--teacher...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:40

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