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 California Campaign for Biliteracy

Californians Together, a statewide coalition of parent, professional, and civil rights organizations promoting access to quality education for English learners in the state, has announced the “California Campaign for Biliteracy,” which describes and supports the development of learning...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 10:44

What Are the Myths and Misconceptions Around Formative Assessment?

The topic for this segment of Bam! Radio (an all-education radio network that offers programming from top education organizations and leaders) is formative assessment. Guest Nancy Frey, a professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and teacher-leader at Health Sciences High...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 21
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 10:54

Close Reading: What It Is, What It's Not

The topic for this segment of Bam! Radio (an all-education radio network that offers programming from top education organizations and leaders) is close reading. Guest Christopher Lehman, the Founding Director of the Educator Collaborative, defines and discusses what close reading is and is not.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 48
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:13

Next Generation Science Assessment Project

The Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) team is developing technology-enhanced assessment tasks, rubrics, and accompanying instructional resources in physical science and life science for middle school classrooms. The project aims to create exemplary tasks that can be used during instruction...

Number of views: 1,265
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:50

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: A Primer on "Close Reading of Text"

The purpose of this primer is to assist teachers in understanding close reading and employing it in the classroom, which is an instructional emphasis of the Common Core. The primer addresses the following key questions:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 57
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 12:48

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: 24
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 12:53

Mathematics, the Common Core, and Language: Recommendations for Mathematics Instruction for ELs Aligned with the Common Core

In this resource, Judit Moschkovich, professor of mathematics education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, makes recommendations for developing mathematics instruction for English language learners (ELLs) that meet the challenges of the Common Core State Standards. For all students, but...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 72
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:06

Implementing the Common Core State Standards for English Learners: The Changing Role of the ESL Teacher

This report summarizes the key topics that emerged from a special 2013 TESOL International Association meeting that discussed how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will change the roles of those who teach English as a second language (ESL). Thirty ESL teachers and administrators, education...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 56
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:12

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