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. 

Video: Counting Collections: Kindergarten - A Common Core Classroom Friendly Exercise

This is a video of kindergarten math instruction aligned to college and career ready standards. Students work in pairs to create collections of 5 or 10 objects and record their counting process. The teacher checks in with the different groups to hear their thinking and advance their learning, i.e...

Number of views: 106
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 10:52

State Summative Assessments: 2015-16 School Year

This document, published by the Education Commission of the States, includes a comprehensive chart that provides a snapshot of which assessments are planned in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. for the 2015-16 academic year. Notable for this current school year is that 25 states will administer a...

Number of views: 52
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:07

Assessment for the Next Generation Science Standards

This web seminar, produced by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), features presenters Joan Herman, Co-Director Emeritus of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA, and Nancy Butler Songer, Professor of Science Education and...

Number of views: 708
Date created: 02/19/2015 - 21:47

Science Assessments: Innovations in the Next Generation of State Assessments

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the K-12 Center at ETS collaborated to present this webinar discussing options for science assessment aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The webinar provided an overview of the NGSS, and panelists discussed activities in states that...

Number of views: 165
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:20

Relationships and convergences among the mathematics, science, and ELA practices

A product of the Stanford University Understanding Language initiative, this Venn diagram is a tool that effectively illustrates the overlap and grouping of student practices (and student capacities) from four sets of seminal documents: the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language...

Number of views: 1,068
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:26

Next Generation Science Assessment Project

The Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) team is developing technology-enhanced assessment tasks, rubrics, and accompanying instructional resources in physical science and life science for middle school classrooms. The project aims to create exemplary tasks that can be used during instruction...

Number of views: 1,265
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:50

NGSS Sample Classroom Assessments Tasks

This resource offers a collection of sample classroom tasks blending content, practices, and concepts from both the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Teachers across the disciplines collaborated to write tasks, which reflect a vision of integrating science, engineering, and...

Number of views: 5,380
Date created: 02/28/2015 - 20:54

English Language Arts Sample Questions

The ELA sample questions are designed to support educators implementing the CCSS and prepare for assessments. The sample items can be used to support instructional planning as they provide educators with examples of the depth of understanding that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced assessment...

Number of views: 61
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 09:37

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