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. 

Formative Assessment: The Right Question at the Right Time

This blog post provides easily accessible information on what formative assessment is. It focuses on questioning as a strategy for eliciting evidence of student learning.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 53
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:35

Uncommonly Engaging? A Review of the EngageNY English Language Arts Common Core Curriculum

This resource reports on a review of the EngageNY ELA curriculum. It asks the questions, "Is it a high-quality product? Is it well aligned to the Common Core? Is it teachable?" It provides an in-depth review of EngageNY’s alignment to the CCSS ELA standards by grade band along the following...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 211
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:38

Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) developed a set of seven principles of effective instruction for English learners (ELs). These principles are based on research on ELs and CAL’s extensive experience working with EL students and their teachers. CAL uses these principles to guide professional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 480
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:50

Ready for College and Career? Achieving the Common Core Standards and Beyond Through Deeper, Student-Centered Learning

From the publishers: "This report finds that a range of cross-cutting skills like communication, innovation and self-regulation are crucial to student success. Student-centered approaches to learning can equip students with a range of skills necessary to succeed in the Common Core, college, and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 27
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:53

The “Data Wise” Improvement Process: Eight Steps for Using Test Data to Improve Teaching and Learning

This article is adapted from Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning, edited by Kathryn Parker Boudett, Elizabeth A. City, and Richard J. Murnane (Harvard Education Press, 2005). The authors recommend an 8-step process for using data to improve...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 93
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:57

Centered on Results: Assessing the Impact of Student-Centered Learning

This Nellie Mae report provides information on a series of mixed-method, commissioned studies that evaluate the effect of a variety of student-centered practices in secondary schools.  The studies help illustrate what student-centered learning can look like in a range of contexts, including high...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 27
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 16:03

ELA/Literacy Grade-Level Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool-Quality Review (GIMET-QR)

The GIMET-QR is a tool designed by the Council of the Great City Schools to support educators in evaluating the quality of instructional materials available and making evidence-based selection decisions about the suitability of instructional materials under consideration. The tool is organized into...

Number of views: 254
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 16:46

Illustrative Mathematics Task Review Criteria

This tool can be used to design lessons and tasks and to evaluate the alignment of existing ones. It was developed for use in vetting resources to be included in the Illustrative Mathematics task bank. Teachers, instructional coaches, and other educators will find it useful for classroom-level use...

Number of views: 63
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 17:56

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