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. 

Academic Word List (AWL) Highlighter

The main purpose of this website is to help students expand their academic vocabulary using the Academic Word List (AWL). However, teachers can also use this online tool to help identify academic vocabulary words in instructional text. The AWL, created by Dr. Averil Coxhead, consists of the 570...

Number of views: 3,386
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:12

Achieving with Data: How High-performing School Systems use Data to Improve Instruction for Elementary Students

This report is the second in a three-part research effort to investigate the prevalence of performance-driven practices in urban school districts across the country. The study captures the details of data-driven instructional decision making at the classroom, school, and system levels in two urban...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 2,193
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Seven Keys to Effective Feedback

In this short article, author and former teacher Grant Wiggins says that helpful feedback is goal-referenced; tangible and transparent; actionable; user-friendly (specific and personalized); timely; ongoing; and consistent. He provides many examples from sports and the classroom to support his...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 772
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:32

Web Alignment Tool

Using Norman Webb’s depth-of-knowledge (DOK) levels, the Web Alignment Tool (WAT) is a web-based application that automates the process of aligning state education standards with standardized tests. This tool makes it possible to gauge the alignment between the standards and the assessment based on...

Number of views: 764
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:07

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: 741
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:29

What Professional Development Strategies Are Needed for Successful Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards?

This resource is a paper presented by Dr. Brian J. Reiser, from Northwestern University, at the Research Symposium on Science Assessment, hosted by the Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management (K–12 Center) at ETS, in September 2013 in Washington, DC. It articulates the required...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 649
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:37

Assessment Literacy: Making Sense of K-12 Assessment for Learning

AssessmentLiteracy.org is a website created as part of an assessment literacy initiative sponsored by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). The website provides information and guidance to educators and professional development providers about the purposes of assessment, the components of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 571
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:20

NSTA Web Seminar Series

This seminar series offers archives of ‘live webinars’ from Spring of 2012 to early 2015, providing support for educators to increase their understanding of the standards and their implementation in the classroom.  Authors and advisors of the NGSS standards share insights, emphasizing the standards...

Type: Service
Number of views: 529
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:11

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