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. 

Parents’ Guides to Student Success

This guide, based on the Common Core State Standards, provides an overview for parents on key mathematics and English language arts/literacy content that their children will learn by the end of each year, from kindergarten through 12th grade. It also offers parents ideas for activities to help...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 11
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:05

Developing Citizenship through Rhetorical Analysis

"Developing Citizenship Through Rhetorical Analysis" is a lesson plan available on the ReadWriteThink website that aims to teach students to identify and analyze rhetorical strategies. Intended for students in grades 6-8, the six 50-minute sessions involve: introducing rhetorical strategies used in...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 11
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:01

Mapping State Proficiency Standards onto NAEP Scales: Results From the 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments

From the report summary: "This report, the fifth in the series, maps state proficiency standards onto the NAEP scales by using state public school data for the 2012–13 school year and the 2013 NAEP assessments in reading and mathematics for grades 4 and 8. The report also includes analyses of the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 11
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:26

Smarter Balanced Assessments: Keep Results in Perspective for Students and Their Families

In this short California Schools article, veteran educator Kathy Caric encourages districts and schools to implement effective strategies to inform parents and students about the value of multiple measures when reporting student progress. She notes that the expected low scores on the upcoming...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 08/27/2015 - 15:16

The Role of Learning Progressions in Competency-Based Pathways

From the Introduction: "In early 2015, leaders within Achieve’s Competency-Based Pathways State Partnership set out to more clearly understand the potential of learning progressions research to transform instructional practice and what is being done to translate that research into training and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:20

How Are States Reporting on College and Career Readiness?

From the Publisher: "Preparing students for success in college and careers is one of the primary goals of our education system. How states track and report progress toward the goal of college and career readiness is important for public accountability and transparency; making data available...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 09:32

Wikimedia Commons

This resource is a database of 40 million+ freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.

Number of views: 13
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 11:58

The Nation's Report Card: 2014 U.S. History, Geography, and Civics

This interactive report from the National Center for Education Statistics presents results from the 2014 NAEP assessments of 8th-grade history, geography, and civics. Results are reported by gender, race/ethnicity, parental education levels, and other student groups. The report also describes...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 14
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 14:26

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