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. 

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: 39
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: 1,178
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: 55
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: 22
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 12:53

NGSS Science and Engineering Education Community

This resource is part of a California State University (CSU) systemwide initiative designed to prepare teaches to be world-class in both the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics. The website promotes the scholarship of teaching and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 47
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:32

CCSSO Webinar: Overview of the English Language Proficiency Development Framework

This resource is a slide presentation document highlighting the guiding premises, conceptualization, and purpose of the English Language Development Proficiency Framework (ELPD). It serves as an introductory source presented by the authoring committee of the ELPD, showing the relationship between...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 77
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 10:59

READi (Reading, Evidence, and Argumentation in Disciplinary Instruction)

This resource highlights the work of the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd, and its correlation to the goals and vision of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), through a collaborative study with the University of Illinois at Chicago and others from 2010–2015.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 108
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 11:47

Literacy for the Science Classroom: Think, Read, Talk, and Write Like a Scientist

This archived webinar, presenting essential features of the science practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards, offers opportunities for high school students to develop disciplinary literacy. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the science discipline are the key...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 179
Date created: 03/09/2015 - 08:42

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