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. 

Effective Teaching Strategies for Middle School Learners in Multicultural, Multilingual Classrooms

This article explores teacher evaluations of researcher-endorsed instructional strategies employed by 16 middle school teachers in Florida to address the developmental and educational needs of their students.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,925
Date created: 06/16/2014 - 09:40

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: 1,903
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 22:33

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: 1,800
Date created: 04/21/2016 - 18:22

STEM to STEAM: Resources Toolkit

  Edutopia has curated three collections related to STEAM: STEM, STEAM, and Maker Education. These collections contain resources on integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM. These collections will help teachers plan...

Number of views: 1,759
Date created: 01/11/2017 - 13:55

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: 1,692
Date created: 09/17/2014 - 11:27

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: 1,633
Date created: 04/28/2015 - 23:24

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI)—Who We Are and What We Do

CSAI, managed by WestEd and the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, & Student Testing (CRESST), is one of seven content centers that provide research-based technical assistance and support to 15 Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs), and to the states that they serve, around each of...

Type: Service
Number of views: 1,624
Date created: 11/30/2016 - 09:03

Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning

"Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning" is an executive summary of the Stanford History Education Group's recent project to develop and validate assessments of students' ability to evaluate information they read online. The research included students in middle schools,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,596
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:36

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