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. 

Guidelines for Respecting Cultural Knowledge

This document provides sets of clearly articulated guidelines that address issues of concern in the documentation, representation, and utilization of traditional cultural knowledge as they relate to the roles of various participants, including Elders, authors, curriculum developers, classroom...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 90
Date created: 06/16/2014 - 09:44

Aboriginal Education Beyond Words: Creating Racism-Free Schools for Aboriginal Learners

This document begins with a narrative history of racism/assimilation with respect to aboriginal peoples in Canada. While not directly related to Native Americans in the United States, many of the themes and ideas are representative of the same issues in the United States. This document offers...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 95
Date created: 08/11/2014 - 11:41

Striving to Achieve: Helping Native American Students Succeed

This report details the overall school experience for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students. Included are discussions of the Native student and information about where Native students live and attend school.  Data showing the number of students in specific states is provided...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 144
Date created: 11/26/2014 - 10:02

Blueprint for College Readiness: A 50-State Policy Analysis

The Blueprint Report is designed by state leaders to feature a menu of 10 critical policies that promote college readiness and success, specifically improving student success and transition from high school to post-secondary education. The Blueprint "is designed to serve as a framework to help K–12...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:28

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education: Overcoming Gaps in Provincially Funded Schools

This report examines the programs and resources to support Aboriginal (i.e., indigenous student) education in provincially funded schools in Ontario, Canada, with a particular focus on schools with a high proportion of Aboriginal students. The report describes and illustrates achievement gaps...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 12
Date created: 12/30/2014 - 09:46

Raising the Bar: Implementing Common Core State Standards for Latino Student Success

The purpose of this implementation guide is to inform state education leaders on key elements and questions that will help them build effective strategies to ensure educational success for Latino and English language learner (ELL) children and families. The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 37
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:26

Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) developed a set of seven principles of effective instruction for English learners (ELs). These principles are based on research on ELs and CAL’s extensive experience working with EL students and their teachers. CAL uses these principles to guide professional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 370
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:50

The Role of Strategic Communications in the Transition to New Academic Standards and Assessments: Case Studies of Tennessee and Kentucky

This case study examines how the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the state of Tennessee managed communications in the transition to more rigorous standards. The authors present eight important lessons including: proactive communication; coordinated communication; educator engagement; simple messages;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:11

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