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. 

Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts

WestEd's Teacher Professional Development Program developed the "Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts" in conjunction with the Understanding Language Initiative. The goal of this unit (involving five conceptually linked lessons) is to provide exemplars...

Number of views: 67
Date created: 12/13/2013 - 10:09

Achieve the Core

The Achieve the Core website, created by Student Achievement Partners, contains free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Developed in the spirit of collaboration, the website includes many tools designed to provide foundational...

Number of views: 22
Date created: 12/19/2013 - 09:26

Common Core State Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California

This state CCSS implementation plan identifies major phases and activities in the implementation of the CCSS throughout California’s educational system. The plan describes the philosophy of and strategies for the successful integration of new kindergarten through grade twelve academic content...

Number of views: 38
Date created: 02/10/2014 - 09:55

Guiding District Implementation of Common Core State Standards: Innovation Configuration Maps

These Innovation Configuration maps were developed by a task force of Kentucky educators with support from Kentucky Department of Education, Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center at Edvantia, and Learning Forward to align with the four pillars of Kentucky’s Leadership Networks. They are offered...

Number of views: 85
Date created: 02/10/2014 - 09:58

Leadership Planning Guide (California) Common Core State Standards and Assessments Implementation

Focusing on implementing CCSS and SBAC at the school district level, the purpose of this product is to address the numerous and sometimes disparate “systems” that are barriers to coherent educational systems. The major components of a better system, according to the authors, include: leadership,...

Number of views: 30
Date created: 02/10/2014 - 09:59

New Mexico Common Core State Standards Implementation Plan

This state CCSS implementation plan is based on the premise that rethinking education is essential to operationalizing a state’s expectations and actions.

Number of views: 84
Date created: 02/10/2014 - 10:01

Prepare for More Realistic Test Results

In this article from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the authors say that the potential drop in reported state proficiency rates when the new CCSSM assessments are implemented will require adjusted expectations. The authors provide evidence from NAEP, TIMSS and NCLB to support...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 6
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:31

Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education - Lessons from PISA 2012 for the United States

This report compares the performance of  United States 15-year-olds on PISA against global patterns and trends. The report analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of U.S. students on different types of mathematics tasks. It also reviews the relationship with the Common Core State Standards for...

Number of views: 12
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:34