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. 

Fewer, Clearer, Higher Common Core State Standards: Implications for Students Receiving Special Education Services

The goal of the Common Core State Standards is to focus on the knowledge and skills needed by all students so they can be successful in college and careers, including students receiving special services. This publication illustrates five key elements from the International Center’s Special...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 316
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:03

Common Core State Standards and Implications for Special Populations

This policy brief explores the potential impact of the implementation of Common Core State Standards on students with disabilities, Native American students, and English language learners, and gives examples of implementation targeting these populations, followed by recommendations and questions...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 212
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 09:55

Building Common Core Skills: Beyond “Turn and Talk”

Many teachers rely on Turn and Talks or Think-Pair-Shares. These are great methods, but how can you build on them to prepare students for the demands of more complicated conversations? This resource provides a process (discussion norms, steps, video examples, and sentence starters) for building...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 107
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:23

Access for All: Six Principles for Principals to Consider in Implementing CCSS for Students with Disabilities

This short article published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals says that under various state-developed standards and assessments, accommodations for students with disabilities have not been adequately addressed or have been ignored. It claims that the Common Core State...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 102
Date created: 12/17/2013 - 10:15

Common Core for ELLs: Classroom Videos

These classroom video modules showcase several approaches of Common Core–aligned instruction with English language learners (ELLs). The videos feature educators from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Poughkeepsie, New York, who worked in collaboration with Dr. Diane August to implement the new standards...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 65
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:32

Implementing the Common Core State Standards for English Learners: The Changing Role of the ESL Teacher

This report summarizes the key topics that emerged from a special 2013 TESOL International Association meeting that discussed how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will change the roles of those who teach English as a second language (ESL). Thirty ESL teachers and administrators, education...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 58
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:12

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

This guide focuses on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), which formally began in June 2009 as a collaborative effort among nearly all U.S. states and territories. Forty-five states subsequently adopted the CCSS in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) and joined one of two...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Examining High-Stakes Testing

In summer 2013, results from Common Core–aligned tests in New York showed a steep decline in outcomes. Common Core advocates hailed the scores as an honest accounting of school and student performance, while others worried that they reflected problems with the tests, inadequate support for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 01/30/2014 - 10:11

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