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. 

Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts

WestEd's Teacher Professional Development Program developed the "Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts" in conjunction with the Understanding Language Initiative. The goal of this unit (involving five conceptually linked lessons) is to provide exemplars...

Number of views: 60
Date created: 12/13/2013 - 10:09

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: 101
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 10:52

Linking Research With Practice: A Local Assessment Toolkit to Guide School Leaders

This tool helps teachers evaluate text complexity for literary and informational text, aiding teachers in their lesson and unit planning. In this brief resource, Karin Hess first describes the eight factors that affect text complexity. The resource includes the Hess Text Complexity Tools, which are...

Number of views: 182
Date created: 12/03/2014 - 13:55

Learning Progressions Frameworks Designed for Use with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts & Literacy K-12

This document presents a learning progression of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and literacy. Included is a working definition of learning progressions and a description of the conceptual framework that has guided the work on this project, which attempts to describe...

Number of views: 804
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:17

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: 876
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: 1,159
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:50

Engineering is Elementary: Elementary Teachers Professional Development & Curricula for Engineering Literacy

This resource is an online organization dedicated to supporting educators, administrators, and advocates of engineering education at grades K–8. The mission of Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is to support all educators in formal and informal settings, providing opportunities for children to engage...

Number of views: 165
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:27

Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media

This resource houses a collection of activities and professional development resources drawn from programs such as WGBH’s Design Squad Nation and the Engineering is Elementary® project at the Museum of Science, Boston. These media-based resources illustrate and deepen teachers’ understanding of the...

Number of views: 117
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:31

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