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. 

TextProject Word Pictures

The main goal of TextProject Word Pictures is to help English Language Learners (ELLs) connect key words to concepts they may already know. It provides QuickReads, Literature Words, Content Area Words, and Core Vocabulary.

Number of views: 25
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:02

The Core Six: 6 Essential Teaching Strategies for Excellence

What if you only had time and money to use and purchase six tools to teach your entire curriculum? What would those six tools be? According to the authors, those six tools are: (1) Reading for Meaning, (2) Compare and Contrast, (3) Inductive Learning, (4) Circle of Knowledge, (5) Write to Learn,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 41
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:08

Disciplinary Literacies Across Content Areas: Supporting Secondary Reading Through Functional Language Analysis

By making discipline-specific ways of using language explicit (and exploring meaning in content area texts), teachers can help adolescents better engage with school knowledge and more effectively develop disciplinary literacies across academic content areas.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 48
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:13

Cutting to the Common Core: The Benefits of Narrow Reading Units

Kate Kinsella advocates for the use of “narrow reading” units as ways to build word knowledge and literate discourse for English learners and under-resourced students. Narrow reading is the reading of several texts by one author or about a single topic of interest.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 77
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:18

Developing and Refining Lessons: Planning Learning and Formative Assessment for Math College and Career Ready Standards

This resource provides guidance for teachers in the design of daily lessons that support student learning of the math college- and career- ready standards (CCRS). This resource emphasizes the formative assessment process in lesson planning and improvement, such as strategies to elicit evidence,...

Number of views: 871
Date created: 09/17/2014 - 10:46

Building Blocks, Learning Goals, and Success Criteria: Planning Instruction and Formative Assessment for K–12 English Language Arts and Literacy Standards

This resource assists teachers in moving from a Yearlong Plan to establishing Learning Goals and Success Criteria for daily lesson plans and formative assessment. This resource is applicable to all states' CCRS, including the CCSS. It is part of a series produced by the Center for Standards and...

Number of views: 2,060
Date created: 09/17/2014 - 10:57

Common Core State Standards Video Series: Mathematics

This series of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) videos was created by the Southeast Comprehensive Center in collaboration with the states it serves. The videos were designed based on state needs for professional development to support states, schools, and teachers in the implementation of the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 18
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 13:58

Linking Research With Practice: A Local Assessment Toolkit to Guide School Leaders

This tool helps teachers evaluate text complexity for literary and informational text, aiding teachers in their lesson and unit planning. In this brief resource, Karin Hess first describes the eight factors that affect text complexity. The resource includes the Hess Text Complexity Tools, which are...

Number of views: 188
Date created: 12/03/2014 - 13:55