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. 

Dear Colleague Letter on ESSA State Plans—November 29, 2016

In this letter, the U.S. Department of Education provides additional details regarding ESSA state plans and when they are to be submitted to the Department for peer review. The letter also includes information on upcoming releases that will support states in preparing state plans, including non-...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 12/08/2016 - 12:47

Variation in Children’s Experience of Kindergarten and the Common Core

This paper focuses on the structural elements of the kindergarten experience of American children and the new context of the Common Core standards. While a common set of high yet achievable goals, with appropriate supports to teachers and schools, can contribute to closing known achievement gaps at...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 12/12/2013 - 14:32

Common Core State Standards & the Transformation of Professional Development: What Does High-Quality, Common Core-Aligned Professional Development Look Like?

Education First has prepared a series of briefs called Common Core State Standards & the Transformation of Professional Development to help policymakers and educators understand the professional development teachers need that meets a high bar for quality and impact called for by the new...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 14:08

Webinar: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts: Shifts and Implications for ELA Instruction

On April 12, 2012, CCSSO hosted a webinar, supported by the Kansas EAG State Consortium project, titled "The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts: Shifts and Implications for ELA Instruction.” Presenters Meredith and David Liben, ELA instructional specialists and professional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 11:59

Common Core State Standards & the Transformation of Professional Development: Executive Summary

Education First has prepared a series of briefs called Common Core State Standards & the Transformation of Professional Development to help policymakers and educators understand the professional development teachers need that meets a high bar for quality and impact called for by the new...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 14:06

Deeper Learning: Policies for a 21st Century Education

From the Introduction: "This report is aimed at supporting state boards of education that are working on providing significantly more students with deeper learning opportunities and facilitating board-level conversations on key related topics. The report provides foundational principles that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:10

Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care: Education and Child Welfare Points of Contact (PowerPoint Presentation)

This powerpoint provides an overview of the federal framework ensuring stability for students in foster care, with a focus on the Every Student Succeeds Act provisions related to educational and child welfare points of contact (POCs). States must provide assurance that they will designate a POC for...

Number of views: 14
Date created: 12/15/2016 - 16:28

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Secondary School Leader Action Brief

This series of action briefs was developed by Achieve and their partner organizations to help provide guidance to elementary school leadership, middle school leadership, and school counselors concerning implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The briefs discuss these Standards, the...

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

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