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. 

Independent Reviews of Instructional Materials

These reports were created as a resource for teachers, parents, state and district officials, and others with an interest in identifying Common Core–aligned instructional materials.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 116
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:02

Mathematics Grade-Level Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool-Quality Review (GIMET-QR)

This evaluation tool offers a way to assess existing grade-level curriculum for alignment with the Common Core State Standards in mathematics, both in terms of content and instructional design. Reviewers are provided with an extensive rubric, the first and largest section of which analyzes several...

Number of views: 137
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:23

Instructional Materials Evaluation Toolkit (IMET) - Math

This tool is designed to evaluate comprehensive math curricula (including supplemental materials) for grades K–12 to determine alignment with the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. The IMET can be used as a guide both in vetting existing curricula and in developing new programs.

Number of views: 345
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:27

Creating Text Dependent Questions for ELLs: Examples for 6th–8th Grade

This guidance document provides useful tips for constructing text-dependent questions (TDQs) for English language learners (ELLs). In this post from Colorin Colorado!, the authors created TDQs for a middle school informational text that is appropriate for ELLs. These TDQs are based on the authors'...

Number of views: 179
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:31

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science

The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science supports educators conducting in-depth evaluations of the quality of lessons and units that appear in published materials or are educator-created. The EQuIP Rubric for science extends the work of previous...

Number of views: 279
Date created: 06/04/2015 - 14:06

Rubrics for Evaluating Open Education Resource (OER) Objects

In collaboration with leaders from the Open Education Resources (OER) community, Achieve has developed eight rubrics to help states, districts, teachers, and other users determine the degree of alignment of OERs to the Common Core State Standards and determine aspects of their quality. The rubrics...

Number of views: 122
Date created: 06/11/2015 - 15:51

Building Your Roadmap to 21st Century Learning Environments: A Planning Tool for Education Leaders

From the Introduction: "Building Your Roadmap for 21st Century Learning Environments is a planning framework intended to bridge the gap between the prescriptive and holistic approaches to 21st century learning. The roadmap highlights the major milestones school districts must achieve, and provides...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 59
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:08

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

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