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. 

The Teaching Channel

The Teaching Channel has over 1,000 videos of lesson ideas, teaching practices, and overviews, aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). More than 30 videos are focused on differentiating instruction. Lessons are submitted and reviewed prior to being published on the website. The website...

Number of views: 18
Date created: 12/12/2013 - 09:57

Variation in Children’s Experience of Kindergarten and the Common Core

This paper focuses on the structural elements of the kindergarten experience of American children and the new context of the Common Core standards. While a common set of high yet achievable goals, with appropriate supports to teachers and schools, can contribute to closing known achievement gaps at...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 12/12/2013 - 14:32

Implementation of the Common Core State Standards: A Transition Guide for School-level Leaders

Built around seven interdependent indicators, this guide provides specific steps and tools for successful transition to the new standards at the school level. Guidance for each indicator is divided into three parts: High-Impact Actions: Critical moves that the leadership team and other stakeholders...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 48
Date created: 12/12/2013 - 14:35

Principles and Guidelines for Equitable Mathematics Teaching Practices and Materials for English Language Learners

In this essay, the author describes principles for equitable mathematics teaching practices for English Language Learners (ELLs) and outlines guidelines for materials to support such practices. The author says that although research cannot provide a recipe for equitable teaching practices for ELLs...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 35
Date created: 12/12/2013 - 14:38

Common Core in the Schools: A First Look at Reading Assignments

Within months of the release of the final draft of the Common Core State Standards, forty-six states and the District of Columbia had adopted the CCSS standards for English language arts. Soon thereafter, districts and schools across most of the U.S. began the hard work of implementing those...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 20
Date created: 12/13/2013 - 10:06

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: 60
Date created: 12/13/2013 - 10:09

Access for All: Six Principles for Principals to Consider in Implementing CCSS for Students with Disabilities

This short article published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals says that under various state-developed standards and assessments, accommodations for students with disabilities have not been adequately addressed or have been ignored. It claims that the Common Core State...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 91
Date created: 12/17/2013 - 10:15

Moving Beyond the Mainstream: Helping Diverse Learners Master the Common Core

This special issue of Education Week looks at the challenges that educators face in adapting the Common Core State Standards for students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and gifted students. Articles include the implementation of the CCSS by teachers and schools, collaboration between...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 24
Date created: 12/17/2013 - 10:19

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