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. 

Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) development involved several rounds of review with multiple stakeholder groups and experts, including a review by the National Research Council, confirming their alignment to the Research Council’s 2011 report, A Framework for K-12 Science Education:...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 436
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Formative Assessment for Next Generation Science Standards: A Proposed Model

In this paper, the author proposes a conceptual model for the design and implementation of formative assessment to support the learning goals of the Next Generation Science Standards. The paper includes a review of the literature on formative assessment practices and describes how the literatures ...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 967
Date created: 11/01/2013 - 10:30

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: 96
Date created: 03/05/2014 - 08:20

Changes in the Expertise of ESL Professionals: Knowledge and Action in an Era of New Standards

This professional paper published by TESOL discusses the shifting landscape surrounding the new Common Core Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and their implications for building and enacting ESL teacher expertise. The authors explain the challenges and the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 38
Date created: 05/02/2014 - 11:50

Models and Modeling: An Introduction

This paper describes how modeling works in concert with all the other science practices in the classroom to promote students’ reasoning and understanding of core science ideas. Modeling usually works in tandem with another practice–explanation. These two practices are at the heart of disciplinary...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 33
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:38

The Core Six: 6 Essential Teaching Strategies for Excellence

What if you only had time and money to use and purchase six tools to teach your entire curriculum? What would those six tools be? According to the authors, those six tools are: (1) Reading for Meaning, (2) Compare and Contrast, (3) Inductive Learning, (4) Circle of Knowledge, (5) Write to Learn,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 36
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:08

Disciplinary Literacies Across Content Areas: Supporting Secondary Reading Through Functional Language Analysis

By making discipline-specific ways of using language explicit (and exploring meaning in content area texts), teachers can help adolescents better engage with school knowledge and more effectively develop disciplinary literacies across academic content areas.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 47
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:13

Cutting to the Common Core: The Benefits of Narrow Reading Units

Kate Kinsella advocates for the use of “narrow reading” units as ways to build word knowledge and literate discourse for English learners and under-resourced students. Narrow reading is the reading of several texts by one author or about a single topic of interest.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 74
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 12:18

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