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. 

Inherent Measurement Challenges in the Next Generation Science Standards for Both Formative and Summative Assessment

The authors of this paper provide an overview of the major challenges associated with assessment of the NGSS, specifically the trade-offs that should be considered when designing a system of assessments. Assessment developers and state policymakers will benefit from this resource as they begin to...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 142
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 11:02

Overview of the Common Core State Standards Initiatives for ELLs

The purpose of this brief from TESOL is to provide an overview of the policies behind the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. The paper outlines some initiatives that are in place (as of the time of publication) to address the needs of English language learners (...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 81
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 12:55

Appendix A – Conceptual Shifts in the Next Generation Science Standards

Appendix A of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) explains how the NGSS are different from previous science education standards and how they are relfective of the conceptual shifts in science education in the United States.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 696
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:06

NSTA Web Seminar Series

This seminar series offers archives of ‘live webinars’ from Spring of 2012 to early 2015, providing support for educators to increase their understanding of the standards and their implementation in the classroom.  Authors and advisors of the NGSS standards share insights, emphasizing the standards...

Type: Service
Number of views: 587
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:11

Engineering in K–12 Education: Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects

This book resource is a report written by the Committee on K–12 Engineering Education, chaired by Dr. Linda P. B. Katehi. The report will be useful to advocates for greater public understanding of engineering, as well as to those working to boost citizens’ technological and scientific literacy....

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 127
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:19

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: 120
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:31

What Professional Development Strategies Are Needed for Successful Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards?

This resource is a paper presented by Dr. Brian J. Reiser, from Northwestern University, at the Research Symposium on Science Assessment, hosted by the Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management (K–12 Center) at ETS, in September 2013 in Washington, DC. It articulates the required...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 716
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:37

Appendix E: Progressions Within the Next Generation Science Standards

As part of Volume II of the Next Generation Science Standards, this appendix focuses on one of the three dimensions of the standards: Disciplinary Core Ideas. It offers discipline-specific tables of learning progressions, articulating the conceptual development of each discipline across the grades...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 237
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:45

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