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. 

Feature Issue on Educating K-12 English Language Learners with Disabilities

The available knowledge on how to effectively educate K-12 English language learners with disabilities, and measure their progress, is small but growing. However, many educators and families have pressing questions. How can educators distinguish between language-related needs and disability-related...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 21
Date created: 10/30/2013 - 13:24

Challenges and Opportunities for Language Learning in the Context of the CCSS and the NGSS

The Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, hereafter referred to as “the standards”, represent a significant change in standards-based reform in education. Their release has generated considerable interest among education stakeholders, with 45 out of 50 states now...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 87
Date created: 10/30/2013 - 13:42

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: 137
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: 32
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:16

Common Core Works: From the Page to the Classroom

This webpage includes CCSS professional development videos (and accompanying info) created by the Council of Great City Schools. The videos provide the background of the CCSS and highlight the three shifts that are inherent in these standards.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 15
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:41

Race to the Top-District Action Brief: Establishing the Foundational Conditions for Personalized Learning

This paper provides a blueprint for districts that wish to strengthen their RTTD applications. In it, the author recommends  foundational conditions schools must put in place to transform classrooms and the school itself such that students and educators are ready to implement innovative,...

Number of views: 15
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:47

Guidelines for the Assessment of English Language Learners

This document comprises guidelines for practitioners when making suitable decisions regarding the assessment of English language learner (ELL) students in academic content areas. The guidelines provide recommendations about assessment issues relevant to ELL students, such as developing assessment...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 111
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:49

Creating Coherence: Common Core State Standards, Teacher Evaluation, and Professional Learning

In this special issues brief, authors Sheri Leo and Jane Coggshall lay out a suggested approach for creating meaningful coherence across three interdependent education reforms: Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluation, and professional learning. The authors provide a recommended approach...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 20
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 09:10

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