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. 

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

WIDA - Top Posts from the First 18 Months

This is a blog from the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment organization. WIDA's goal is to advance academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for...

Number of views: 8
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:05

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

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

The Arts and the Common Core: A Review of Connections between the Common Core State Standards and the National Core Arts Standards Conceptual Framework

Given the central role that the Common Core standards are playing in education and school reform initiatives nationwide, the National Coalition of Core Arts Standards wish to ensure that the goals and objectives of the Next Generation Arts Standards relate clearly and directly to the Common Core,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 61
Date created: 12/12/2013 - 09:48

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

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