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. 

The Role of Learning Progressions in Competency-Based Pathways

From the Introduction: "In early 2015, leaders within Achieve’s Competency-Based Pathways State Partnership set out to more clearly understand the potential of learning progressions research to transform instructional practice and what is being done to translate that research into training and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:20

Deeper Learning: Policies for a 21st Century Education

From the Introduction: "This report is aimed at supporting state boards of education that are working on providing significantly more students with deeper learning opportunities and facilitating board-level conversations on key related topics. The report provides foundational principles that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:10

The Linked Learning Advantage: Using Linked Learning to Implement the Common Core State Standards

This brief examines how Linked Learning, an approach to high school reform that prepares students for college and careers by connecting learning in the classroom with real-world applications outside the school, offers an advantage to teachers, schools, and districts implementing the Common Core...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:21

The Equitable Access Implementation Playbook: Communication Guidebook

The purpose of this publication is to help states communicate their Equitable Access Plans to different audiences. The authors cover five steps: Identify audiences and messengers. Identify and implement communication channels. Develop key messages. Develop a communications project management plan....

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:04

Civic Education and Deeper Learning

From the resource summary: "This report proposes that the turn toward deeper learning in education reform should go hand in hand with a renewed emphasis on high-quality civics education. Not only does deeper learning have great potential to promote civic outcomes and strengthen our democracy but,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 20
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:06

Teaching Higher: Educators' Perspectives on Common Core Implementation

This study by the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University surveyed a representative sample of teachers in five states (Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Nevada) as they prepared their students to take the new Common Core-aligned assessments in the spring...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 20
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:52

Determining How Much Background Knowledge to Provide for ELLs

The topics of this blog post, written by ELL and literacy expert Diane Fenner, relate to close reading, Common Core, background knowledge, and English language learners (ELLs). There has been considerable debate regarding how much background knowledge is appropriate for ELL students, and this post...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 22
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 12:53

How Are Common Core Standards Impacting Teaching Math to ELLs?

In this episode of Bam! Radio (an all-education radio network that offers programming from top education organizations and leaders), hosted by Larry Ferlazzo, a panel of experts discuss Common Core–aligned instructional strategies for teaching math to English learners (ELs). The panelists are Drs....

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 22
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:12

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