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. 

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: 83
Date created: 02/10/2014 - 10:01

Supporting Students in Close Reading

This resource guides teachers in the process of instructional planning for close reading with students. It is one in a series produced by the Center for Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI). The series’ goal is to assist teachers and those who support teachers to plan teaching and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,324
Date created: 02/10/2014 - 14:55

School-based Professional Learning for Implementing the Common Core

These fours units are designed to give principals and teacher leaders professional learning resources and develop their ability to facilitate job-embedded, school-based professional learning. Complete with background information, tools, slides, and handouts, the four modules cover key topics in...

Number of views: 23
Date created: 02/11/2014 - 10:11

Promoting College and Career Readiness: A Pocket Guide for State and District Leaders

This Pocket Guide focuses on the implementation of school reforms related to college and career readiness in ESEA flexibility plan requirements. To prepare this guide, AIR researchers reviewed the 35 approved state ESEA flexibility plans to identify policies and practices relevant to college and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 15
Date created: 02/11/2014 - 11:40

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Year Two Progress Report from the Great City Schools

This report presents the results from a second-year survey of progress made by urban public school districts as they implement the Common Core State Standards. The survey covers a wide range of implementation topics, including professional development activities in English language arts and math;...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 36
Date created: 02/11/2014 - 11:41

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: State Spotlights

The purpose of this document is to help facilitate ongoing networking between states, districts, educators, and parents. The state spotlights are also intended to be a quick reference document to support the sharing of innovative practices and lessons learned. Examples were chosen based on quality...

Number of views: 11
Date created: 02/25/2014 - 10:53

Aligning Common Core, One Bite at a Time

According to the author, while the “Common Core’s complexity and enormity cannot be denied, it is much like the old adage about how to eat an elephant. Answer: One bite at a time.” In order to align the school district’s curriculum, instruction and assessments to the Common Core, the author...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 28
Date created: 02/25/2014 - 10:57