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. 

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards

This guide focuses on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), which formally began in June 2009 as a collaborative effort among nearly all U.S. states and territories. Forty-five states subsequently adopted the CCSS in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) and joined one of two...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Smarter News – the SBAC Monthly Newsletter

Smarter Balanced provides monthly updates on the development of the Smarter Balanced assessment system and activities in member states.

Number of views: 42
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment

This article focuses on one aspect of teaching: formative assessment, and provides evidence that formative assessment is an essential component of classroom work The article suggests that teachers and students must directly implement formative assessment in the classroom in order to raise standards...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 148
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core State Standards

The International Reading Association (IRA) created this document to address specific literacy issues related to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The paper focuses on issues that have proven to be especially confusing or challenging to implement. This implementation...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 161
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 10:30

Measuring Teacher Effectiveness: A Resource for Teachers, Administrators, Policymakers, and Parents

This is a RAND website that features fact sheets, blog posts, research briefs, and more on the important and often controversial issue of test scores used as part of a teacher’s evaluation.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 9
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 10:54

The Educator's Guide to Standards Insight: Common Core Standards Unpacked

This is a roadmap to finding the elements in the CCSS that apply to educators. It also includes a tool for schools and teams of teachers to work together to both understand the CCSS and develop curriculum and instruction aligned to the standards.

Number of views: 299
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:47

Toolkit for Evaluating Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core State Standards

In joint partnership, CCSSO, Achieve, and Student Achievement Partners have developed a Toolkit for Evaluating the Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core State Standards.  The Toolkit is a set of interrelated, freely available instruments for evaluating alignment to...

Number of views: 138
Date created: 10/30/2013 - 13:45

Implementing the Common Core Standards (ICCS) State Collaborative

The Council of Chief State School Officers convened a collaborative of interested states to work within state teams, across states, and with national experts to discuss and share concrete resources and strategies to meet the challenges and leverage the opportunities presented by implementing...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 33
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:16

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