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. 

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: 1,038
Date created: 01/11/2017 - 14:44

English Language Arts Performance Level Descriptors

PARCC's English Language Arts/Literacy Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) describe performance expectations for the reading and writing claims. What differentiates current PLDs from those in the past is that current PLDs were developed with the recognition that text complexity is related to the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,015
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 22:22

Language Objectives: The Key to Effective Content Area Instruction for English Learners

From the website: "In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Jennifer Himmel of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides an overview of how to use language objectives in content-area instruction for English learners. Her overview includes:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 993
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:10

Academic Word Finder

Academic Word Finder is a tool to support educators interested in identifying academic vocabulary words in text. The tool is designed to identify tier two words from a given text. To use the tool, educators upload text selections that they wish to analyze. Once text analysis is complete, word lists...

Number of views: 966
Date created: 01/11/2016 - 14:35

Text Analysis Worksheets

PARCC's ELA/Literacy site contains a suite of resources that provide educators with detailed information about the development of ELA/literacy assessment tasks, passages, and items. One set of resources on the site are the Text Analysis Worksheets. These tools are a complementary resource to the...

Number of views: 958
Date created: 04/28/2015 - 22:55

Lesson Revision with Formative Assessment

The purpose of this resource is to help teachers revise existing lesson plans so that they incorporate the formative assessment process and align with College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS). We conceptualize lesson planning with formative assessment as four complementary steps:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 941
Date created: 10/25/2017 - 13:15

High-Leverage Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

New college and career ready standards (CCRS) have established more rigorous expectations of learning for all learners, including EL students, than what was expected in previous standards. A common feature in these new content-area standards is their emphasis on students’ use of language to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 929
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 19:27

Generation STEM: The Four Cs of Next Generation Engineering Standards

This article aligns the "four Cs"—collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication—from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (2004) to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The author advocates that the NGSS lay out a vision of science education that embraces a project-...

Number of views: 920
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 09:52

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