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. 

Next Generation Standards Alignment of Digital Education Resources

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) launched a project in June 2012 in partnership with PARCC and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium – and in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers – to design and implement an approach to digitally encode...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 19
Date created: 01/03/2014 - 14:43

Standardized Testing and the Common Core Standards: You Get What You Pay For?

Assessment costs have always been a political football given the controversy surrounding standardized testing, and that has only intensified with the debate over Common Core. Concerns about the cost of the consortia’s tests likely stem in part from a sense of uncertainty because the consortia have...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 11
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 10:44

The Common Core and English Language Learners

How can we help English language learners successfully meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? This resource section offers ideas and materials including classroom videos, teacher interviews, and bilingual parent tips.

Number of views: 32
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 10:47

Webinar: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts: Shifts and Implications for ELA Instruction

On April 12, 2012, CCSSO hosted a webinar, supported by the Kansas EAG State Consortium project, titled "The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts: Shifts and Implications for ELA Instruction.” Presenters Meredith and David Liben, ELA instructional specialists and professional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 11:59

Assessing the Common Core, Comprehensive Assessment Systems and Students with Disabilities: Opportunities and Consequences

This presentation addresses many issues related to the CCSS and students with disabilities, including: accommodations, technical quality of assessment, formative assessment, item task design and development, technology-enhanced assessments, formative assessment, summative assessment models, interim...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:01

Fewer, Clearer, Higher Common Core State Standards: Implications for Students Receiving Special Education Services

The goal of the Common Core State Standards is to focus on the knowledge and skills needed by all students so they can be successful in college and careers, including students receiving special services. This publication illustrates five key elements from the International Center’s Special...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 297
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:03

Data Driven Improvement and Accountability

Published by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), this brief reviews evidence and provides illustrative examples of data use in business and sports in order to compare practices in these sectors with data use in public education. The brief discusses research and findings related in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:05

Communicating the Common Core State Standards: A Resource for Superintendents, School Board Members, and Public Relations Executives

This publication says that “superintendents and school boards in particular, with support from public relations executives in their districts, have a critical role to play in educating families, staff, and the public about these changes.” This resource guide attempts to help urban school districts...

Number of views: 36
Date created: 01/30/2014 - 10:08