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. 

‘Both and’ Literacy Instruction K-5: A Proposed Paradigm Shift for the Common Core State Standards ELA Classroom

This article proposes a language arts curriculum congruent to the new, English/language arts (ELA) college and career ready standards, particularly to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The idea of behind "'both and' literacy instruction" is that all of the following elements are needed for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 190
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 18:06

Academic Word Finder

Academic Word Finder is a tool to support educators interested in identifying academic vocabulary words in text. The tool is designed to identify tier two words from a given text. To use the tool, educators upload text selections that they wish to analyze. Once text analysis is complete, word lists...

Number of views: 997
Date created: 01/11/2016 - 14:35

NGSS Evidence Statements for Elementary

The NGSS evidence statements for elementary school (grades K–5) provide additional details about what students should know and be able to do at the end of instruction to demonstrate proficiency for each elementary performance expectation in the NGSS. Further, the evidence statements describe how ...

Number of views: 392
Date created: 01/13/2016 - 14:08

NGSS Evidence Statements for Middle School

The NGSS evidence statements for middle school (grades 6–8) provide additional details about what students should know and be able to do at the end of instruction to demonstrate proficiency for each middle school performance expectation in the NGSS. Further, the evidence statements describe how ...

Number of views: 744
Date created: 01/13/2016 - 14:15

Understanding Proficiency

Understanding Proficiency is a resource designed to support educators in analyzing and learning from student work on performance tasks in English language arts and math. The site features actual scored student responses to the Smarter Balanced performance tasks, with annotations from practicing...

Number of views: 250
Date created: 01/14/2016 - 14:54

Lessons Learned About Instruction from Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in College and Career Ready Assessments

The brief was prepared in response to the challenges students with disabilities have experienced with the new assessments. Designed to offer information coupled with these challenges, Margaret Heritage and Sheryl Lazarus provide instructional solutions and resources that state education agencies (...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 132
Date created: 01/26/2016 - 14:51

Evaluating State and Local Assessment Systems - Presentation at National Title I Conference

CSAI Co-Director Deborah Sigman presented at the National Title I Conference with Patrick Rooney (USED) and two educators from Illinois about evaluating state and local assessment systems. In the presentation, Deborah shared some of the resources available on the CSAI website. The Title I...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 62
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 15:18

Backward Design for Forward Action

This publication provides a concise overview of a three-stage, data-driven backward planning process to improve student learning. This backward design process proposes systemic changes at the classroom, school, and district levels in order to develop meaningful assessments and learning plans. The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 146
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:20

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