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. 

Overview of Major Assessment Types in Standards-Based Instruction

This overview is designed to help state education agencies, local education agencies, schools, educators, partner organizations, and other stakeholders understand the differences between major assessment types in standards-based instruction. Formative, Diagnostic, Interim/Benchmark, and Summative...

Number of views: 437
Date created: 11/02/2016 - 17:23

Building Blocks of a Standard

This tool is used to organize teachers’ analysis of grade-level math CCRS in an instructionally meaningful way.

Number of views: 432
Date created: 06/01/2015 - 13:56

Close Reading Text Cover Sheet

The Text Cover Sheet provides a space for teachers to analyze a text, then identify and record for instructional purposes (1) the standards addressed; (2) reading purposes and text content; and (3) text and language challenges and connections. It accompanies the resource Supporting Students in...

Number of views: 414
Date created: 03/11/2014 - 17:00

What's Learned First, What's Learned Together? Developing a Yearlong Plan from the K–8 College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematical Content

This resource provides the first step for merging mathematical content and practice standards in daily instruction. It helps teachers organize and arrange content standards into a meaningful yearlong sequence of learning, while taking a big-picture view of where particular practice standards fit...

Number of views: 372
Date created: 06/25/2014 - 14:09

Lesson-Sized Learning Goals and Success Criteria

This tool is used to record the Learning Goals and Success Criteria of lesson-sized stacks of Building Blocks. Teachers may choose to use one template per stack or record multiple stacks on the same template.

Number of views: 350
Date created: 06/01/2015 - 13:57

The Common Core Initiative, Education Outcomes and American Indian/Alaska Native Students: Observations and Recommendations

This monograph explores the ways in which large-scale school reform efforts play out in American Indian/Alaska Native communities and schools, starting from a historical and cultural perspective, and focusing on the translation of research into concrete steps leading to American Indian/Alaska ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 329
Date created: 12/18/2015 - 09:38

Interim Assessments in Brief

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes the importance of balanced assessment systems, the need for interim measures to monitor the progress of low performing schools, and the value of testing audits to improve system efficiency and effectiveness. ESSA also offers states the flexibility to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 297
Date created: 05/31/2017 - 15:03

Lesson Hot Spots

This tool is designed to be used in tandem with the “Lesson Planning with Formative Assessment” tool. Teachers use this tool to record and plan for varying levels of prior knowledge and experience, potential student challenges and responses, and language demands and opportunities.

Number of views: 270
Date created: 06/01/2015 - 14:07

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