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. 

Fundamentals of Learning (FOL)

This publication provides a framework, the Fundamentals of Learning (FOL), to assist teachers in transitioning to the classroom practices called for in the College- and Career-Ready Standards (CCRS). The content of this resource is drawn from leading theory and research about learning and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 3,401
Date created: 08/21/2013 - 11:08

Supporting Students in Close Reading

This resource guides teachers in the process of instructional planning for close reading with students. It is one in a series produced by the Center for Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI). The series’ goal is to assist teachers and those who support teachers to plan teaching and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,252
Date created: 02/10/2014 - 14:55

Video: Close Reading: Understanding the King—MLK Speech Analysis

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 153
Date created: 05/02/2014 - 13:58

What's Learned First, What's Learned Together? Developing a Yearlong Plan from the K–8 College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematical Content

This resource provides the first step for merging mathematical content and practice standards in daily instruction. It helps teachers organize and arrange content standards into a meaningful yearlong sequence of learning, while taking a big-picture view of where particular practice standards fit...

Number of views: 372
Date created: 06/25/2014 - 14:09

Building Common Core Skills: Beyond “Turn and Talk”

Many teachers rely on Turn and Talks or Think-Pair-Shares. These are great methods, but how can you build on them to prepare students for the demands of more complicated conversations? This resource provides a process (discussion norms, steps, video examples, and sentence starters) for building...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 102
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:23

Video: Whole Class Instruction in Opinion Writing: Teaching for Transfer as Students Move Between Persuasive Speeches and Petitions 3-5

This is a video of elementary school writing instruction aligned to college and career ready standards. The teacher has students utilize what they learned when they previously created persuasive speeches  to now write different kinds of opinion pieces. The teacher and students together analyze a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 140
Date created: 08/12/2014 - 12:30

Developing and Refining Lessons: Planning Learning and Formative Assessment for Math College and Career Ready Standards

This resource provides guidance for teachers in the design of daily lessons that support student learning of the math college- and career- ready standards (CCRS). This resource emphasizes the formative assessment process in lesson planning and improvement, such as strategies to elicit evidence,...

Number of views: 773
Date created: 09/17/2014 - 10:46

Building Blocks, Learning Goals, and Success Criteria: Planning Instruction and Formative Assessment for K–12 English Language Arts and Literacy Standards

This resource assists teachers in moving from a Yearlong Plan to establishing Learning Goals and Success Criteria for daily lesson plans and formative assessment. This resource is applicable to all states' CCRS, including the CCSS. It is part of a series produced by the Center for Standards and...

Number of views: 1,836
Date created: 09/17/2014 - 10:57

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