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. 

Item Writing Guides and Item Exemplars (ELA & Math)

CSAI has developed two resources to support educators interested in deepening their knowledge of assessment design and assessment literacy. These two resources, specific to English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, are designed to enhance educators' ability to recognize and create high-quality...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 843
Date created: 07/26/2016 - 17:42

STEM Indicators

SRI International created this website to supported efforts by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement a set of 14 key indicators that can be used by policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to monitor components of K-12 STEM education and to guide improvements. Through this website...

Number of views: 822
Date created: 06/28/2017 - 16:16

Formative Assessment: Examples of Practice

To help educators better understand formative assessment, this paper provides examples and counter-examples of formative assessment in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Using the five attributes (i.e., learning progressions, learning goals and criteria for success, descriptive...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 820
Date created: 09/07/2017 - 11:47

Developing and Refining Lessons: Planning Learning and Formative Assessment for Math College and Career Ready Standards

This resource provides guidance for teachers in the design of daily lessons that support student learning of the math college- and career- ready standards (CCRS). This resource emphasizes the formative assessment process in lesson planning and improvement, such as strategies to elicit evidence,...

Number of views: 818
Date created: 09/17/2014 - 10:46

Newcomer Tool Kit

This tool kit is designed to support educators and school staff in implementing and improving programs for immigrant students, including asylees, refugees, and their families. The stated goals of this resource are to help teachers, school leaders, and school site personnel expand opportunities for...

Number of views: 803
Date created: 10/11/2016 - 12:19

STEAM Portal

This website features several helpful resources on integrating STEAM in the classroom. Contents include Tools & Tips, Workshops, Courses, and Certification.

Number of views: 802
Date created: 01/11/2017 - 12:20

NSTA Quick-Reference Guides to the NGSS: Elementary, Middle, and High School

This resource is a compilation of workbooks by grade-level span, put together in response to educators' need for assistance in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in their learning communities.  Each guide includes resources addressing the grade level span (i.e. elementary,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 800
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:29

Are You Ready to Assess Social and Emotional Development? Tools Index

The Tools Index is last in a three part series of a social and emotional learning (SEL) toolkit to help educators in schools and districts decide on whether and how to assess SEL. (To view the Ready To Assess suite of tools, click here.) The Tools Index, organized by grade level span, provides ...

Number of views: 799
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 11:03

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