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. 

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: State Spotlights

The purpose of this document is to help facilitate ongoing networking between states, districts, educators, and parents. The state spotlights are also intended to be a quick reference document to support the sharing of innovative practices and lessons learned. Examples were chosen based on quality...

Number of views: 11
Date created: 02/25/2014 - 10:53

Aligning Common Core, One Bite at a Time

According to the author, while the “Common Core’s complexity and enormity cannot be denied, it is much like the old adage about how to eat an elephant. Answer: One bite at a time.” In order to align the school district’s curriculum, instruction and assessments to the Common Core, the author...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 28
Date created: 02/25/2014 - 10:57

National School Public Relations Association Common Core Communication Network

This website contains information and links to resources to help school districts and schools communicate about the Common Core State Standards. Users may search by topic or resource type. All information has been reviewed and highlighted with a goal of helping communicators and leaders to start...

Number of views: 23
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:29

Teaching to the Core: Integrating Implementation of Common Core and Teacher Effectiveness Policies

To strengthen state implementation of Common Core State Standards and meaningful teacher evaluations, the Aspen Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in this policy brief suggest ten actions to move beyond simply implementing ambitious reforms in parallel--teacher...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:40

Common Core Professional Development Kit

This kit is designed to help school network teams prepare teachers and administrators for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The kit contains a facilitation guide and a full day presentation (including talking points) to provide participants with a clear understanding of the...

Number of views: 11
Date created: 04/07/2014 - 09:40

Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change

Based on a survey of more than 20,000 teachers nationwide, this report found that an increasing number of teachers feel prepared to teach the Common Core (75% in 2013 compared to 59% in 2011). However, 76% of teachers said that they "require additional planning time, with a similar number pointing...

Number of views: 35
Date created: 04/11/2014 - 13:32

Connecting Common Core to Teacher Evaluation

This article in AASA’s School Administrator magazine says that rigorous instructional demands tied to standards warrant system-wide supports at the supervisor level. The author says that to address the Common Core standards effectively, teachers and their school district supervisors must ensure...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 103
Date created: 05/08/2014 - 11:20

Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation

The National Center for Literacy Education conducted a national survey of educators to examine their experiences with transitioning to the new literacy Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This report provides an overview of the findings from the survey.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 10
Date created: 06/05/2014 - 14:30