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. 

Focusing Formative Assessment on the Needs of English Language Learners

How can formative assessment enhance the teaching and learning of English language learner (ELL) students? What, if anything, from our experience with summative assessment of ELL students can inform effective formative assessment practices? And finally, what are the opportunities and challenges...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 93
Date created: 03/05/2014 - 08:20

Teachers Know Best: Teachers’ Views on Professional Development

Professional development, a term that broadly encompasses professional learning for teachers, is the topic of this study, conducted by the Boston Consulting Group on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The purpose of this study on professional development for teachers is to help...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 88
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:22

Evaluation of Professional Development in the Use of Arts-Integrated Activities with Mathematics Content: Findings from the Evaluation of the Wolf Trap Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant

A four-year American Institutes of Research (AIR) evaluation of a Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts professional-development program for teachers found that elementary students outperformed their peers in mathematics when taught by teachers using this arts-integration approach. In a...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 22
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:22

A Review and Analysis of the Research on Native American Students

This article reviews recent research on the achievement gaps of Native American students compared to white, Latino, and black students, focusing primarily on empirically rigorous research studies.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 79
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 10:06

Formative Assessment: The Right Question at the Right Time

This blog post provides easily accessible information on what formative assessment is. It focuses on questioning as a strategy for eliciting evidence of student learning.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 51
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:35

Top 20 Principles from Psychology for Pre-K to 12 Teaching and Learning

From the introduction: This resource presents "the most important principles from psychology—the 'Top 20'—that would be of greatest use in the context of preK–12 classroom teaching and learning, as well as the implications of each as applied to classroom practice. Each principle is named and...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 100
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:37

Uncommonly Engaging? A Review of the EngageNY English Language Arts Common Core Curriculum

This resource reports on a review of the EngageNY ELA curriculum. It asks the questions, "Is it a high-quality product? Is it well aligned to the Common Core? Is it teachable?" It provides an in-depth review of EngageNY’s alignment to the CCSS ELA standards by grade band along the following...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 192
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:38

Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) developed a set of seven principles of effective instruction for English learners (ELs). These principles are based on research on ELs and CAL’s extensive experience working with EL students and their teachers. CAL uses these principles to guide professional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 342
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:50

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