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. 

What's Learned First, What's Learned Together? Developing a Yearlong Plan from the K–12 College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy

This resource provides teachers with a process to carefully study how the standards are structured to support English language arts and content-area learning and to arrange them into a yearlong plan that makes instructional sense for their students. The resource addresses two essential steps in the...

Number of views: 470
Date created: 12/15/2014 - 13:24

Selecting Text tool

The Selecting Text Tool, also found in the close reading resource, guides teachers in the process of selecting texts that provide appropriate levels of challenge for their students.

Number of views: 567
Date created: 02/23/2015 - 14:32

Video Viewing Protocol: Understanding the King - MLK Speech Analysis

This viewing protocol for the America Achieves video, Understanding the King - MLK Speech Analysis, can support teachers as they acquire a deeper understanding of how to align their instruction with College and Career Readiness standards (CCRS).

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 116
Date created: 02/25/2015 - 16:15

CSAI Theory of Action

The nation faces an unprecedented education challenge as nearly all of our states work to implement new and rigorous college and career readiness standards and the innovative assessments designed to measure student learning against these standards. The Center on Standards and Assessment...

Number of views: 32
Date created: 02/27/2015 - 13:33

Evidence-Centered Design: A Summary

In this brief, Herman and Linn define evidence-centered design (ECD) and its relationship to PARCC and Smarter Balanced consortia assessments. ECD is a principled approach with interrelated stages for assessment development and validation. The main purpose for ECD is to support a close...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 77
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 14:33

Getting a Handle on the Standards - Worksheet 1 Browsing the Mathematics CCSS

In general, the Mathematics CCSS are described in more detail and organized differently from most States’ previous Mathematics standards. Across all grades, the Mathematics CCSS focus on depth of learning rather than on breadth of coverage. Before reading the Mathematics CCSS in detail, a useful...

Number of views: 128
Date created: 05/29/2015 - 15:06

Getting a Handle on the Standards - Worksheet 2 Interpreting the K-12 Standards for Mathematical Practice

Using Worksheet #2, follow the instructions below to begin the process of understanding the Practice Standards. The activity can be completed individually, in pairs, or in small groups.

Number of views: 105
Date created: 05/29/2015 - 15:10

Getting a Handle on the Standards - Worksheet 3 Studying the Old and New Standards - ELA & Literacy

Use Worksheet #3 to record your comparison of old and new ELA standards. Below are instructions for comparing Standards as found in the resource, Getting a Handle on the Standards.

Number of views: 112
Date created: 05/29/2015 - 15:16

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