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. 

Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts

WestEd's Teacher Professional Development Program developed the "Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts" in conjunction with the Understanding Language Initiative. The goal of this unit (involving five conceptually linked lessons) is to provide exemplars...

Number of views: 64
Date created: 12/13/2013 - 10:09

Video: Counting Collections: Kindergarten - A Common Core Classroom Friendly Exercise

This is a video of kindergarten math instruction aligned to college and career ready standards. Students work in pairs to create collections of 5 or 10 objects and record their counting process. The teacher checks in with the different groups to hear their thinking and advance their learning, i.e...

Number of views: 106
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 10:52

Linking Research With Practice: A Local Assessment Toolkit to Guide School Leaders

This tool helps teachers evaluate text complexity for literary and informational text, aiding teachers in their lesson and unit planning. In this brief resource, Karin Hess first describes the eight factors that affect text complexity. The resource includes the Hess Text Complexity Tools, which are...

Number of views: 188
Date created: 12/03/2014 - 13:55

Learning Progressions Frameworks Designed for Use with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts & Literacy K-12

This document presents a learning progression of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and literacy. Included is a working definition of learning progressions and a description of the conceptual framework that has guided the work on this project, which attempts to describe...

Number of views: 981
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:17

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: 24
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

A Descriptive Analysis of State-Supported Formative Assessment Initiatives in New York and Vermont

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) arrived at a consensus definition of formative assessment as “a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students’ achievement of intended instructional...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 46
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 10:56

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: 46
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:13

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