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. 

Mathematics Performance Level Descriptors

PARCC's Mathematics Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) describe performance expectations for the four assessment sub-claims: major content additional and supporting content reasoning modeling What differentiates current PLDs from those in the past is that current PLDs were developed in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 2,297
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 22:33

Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

In this Edutopia article, Professor Susanne Denham highlights five assessments related to social and emotional learning (SEL). The selected assessments were chosen based on the author's criteria on effective assessment for educational settings. This article is adapted from the author's chapter, "...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 2,276
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 10:02

Achievement Level Descriptors

The Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) describe four levels of achievement (1-4) across three grade spans: 3-5, 6-8, and High School. The descriptors are organized in two tables, one for English language arts/literacy and the other for mathematics. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 2,213
Date created: 04/21/2016 - 18:22

Building Blocks, Learning Goals, and Success Criteria: Planning Instruction and Formative Assessment for K–12 English Language Arts and Literacy Standards

This resource assists teachers in moving from a Yearlong Plan to establishing Learning Goals and Success Criteria for daily lesson plans and formative assessment. This resource is applicable to all states' CCRS, including the CCSS. It is part of a series produced by the Center for Standards and...

Number of views: 2,136
Date created: 09/17/2014 - 10:57

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: 1,807
Date created: 04/28/2015 - 23:24

Building Blocks, Learning Goals, and Success Criteria: Planning Instruction and Formative Assessment for K-8 Math Standards

This resource assists teachers in moving from a Yearlong Plan to establishing Learning Goals and Success Criteria for daily lesson plans and formative assessment for K-8 math college- and career-ready standards. The resource addresses two essential processes: (1) determining the series of changes...

Number of views: 1,755
Date created: 09/17/2014 - 11:27

State Standards for Information, Media, and Digital Literacy

The following states have adopted specific learning standards related to information, digital, and media literacy. Alaska Digital Literacy Standards Arizona Educational Technology Standard Arkansas

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,664
Date created: 03/29/2017 - 10:44

Introduction to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) – Course Design, Organization and Implementation

From the abstract: “The purpose of this paper is to provide readers the opportunity to see the planning, organization and delivery of an undergraduate course in the area of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). This course for is designed for students to thoughtfully...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,653
Date created: 01/11/2017 - 14:44

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