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. 

Let's Hear it for Proficiency

In this blog article, the author argues against the elimination of proficiency standards as recommended by others. He concludes that “properly implemented—and worked into modern-style accountability systems for students, educators, schools, districts, even states—that seems to me the right formula...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 5
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 11:03

The Problem with Proficiency

In this blog article, the author argues for the elimination of proficiency standards, saying that they represent a school demographic background far more than school effectiveness. He argues “using these rates to evaluate schools will end up mislabeling many as failures that might in fact be doing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 11:08

Moving Forward: A National Perspective on States' Progress in Common Core State Standards Implementation Planning

This study serves as a follow-up a January 2012 Preparing for Change report, which detailed state-reported survey responses about the status of CCSS implementation planning in 2011 overall and in three key areas: teacher professional development, curriculum guides, and teacher-evaluation systems.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 41
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 11:12

High Yield Routines for Grades K–8

High-Yield Routines for Grades K–8, released by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), is a book that presents diverse mathematical routines recommended for use at a variety of grade levels and with a variety of mathematical content. The book also includes ideas for infusing...

Number of views: 577
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 11:14

The Arts and the Common Core: A Review of Connections between the Common Core State Standards and the National Core Arts Standards Conceptual Framework

Given the central role that the Common Core standards are playing in education and school reform initiatives nationwide, the National Coalition of Core Arts Standards wish to ensure that the goals and objectives of the Next Generation Arts Standards relate clearly and directly to the Common Core,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 66
Date created: 12/12/2013 - 09:48

The Teaching Channel

The Teaching Channel has over 1,000 videos of lesson ideas, teaching practices, and overviews, aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). More than 30 videos are focused on differentiating instruction. Lessons are submitted and reviewed prior to being published on the website. The website...

Number of views: 18
Date created: 12/12/2013 - 09:57

Variation in Children’s Experience of Kindergarten and the Common Core

This paper focuses on the structural elements of the kindergarten experience of American children and the new context of the Common Core standards. While a common set of high yet achievable goals, with appropriate supports to teachers and schools, can contribute to closing known achievement gaps at...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 12/12/2013 - 14:32

Implementation of the Common Core State Standards: A Transition Guide for School-level Leaders

Built around seven interdependent indicators, this guide provides specific steps and tools for successful transition to the new standards at the school level. Guidance for each indicator is divided into three parts: High-Impact Actions: Critical moves that the leadership team and other stakeholders...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 48
Date created: 12/12/2013 - 14:35