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: 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

ALDN Constructive Conversation Skills Poster

This resource is a graphic organizer showing four important conversation skills (create, clarify, support, and evaluate and compare) and sentence starters to help students engage in purposeful and extended interactions.

Number of views: 129
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 10:28

ALDN Math Constructive Conversation Skills Poster

This resource is a mathematics graphic organizer highlighting four important conversation skills when building math understandings and ideas: Clarify a problem and ideas for solving it, Discuss representations and models, Explain and support reasoning, and Use multiple methods for solving. 

Number of views: 176
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 13:42

ALDN Math Paired Conversation Protocol

This tool guides pairs through an effective conversation to collaboratively solve complex math problems. It provides support with the language needed to clarify problems and ideas for solving them, generate multiple approaches and representations, explain and support reasoning, and negotiate ideas.

Number of views: 127
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 13:49

ALDN Argumentation Activities

This set of activities helps students practice their abilities to build and challenge ideas using evidence-based reasoning. It focuses on building students’ argumentation skills in preparation for debates, structured academic controversies, discussions, and argument-based written and multimedia...

Number of views: 29
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 13:54

Writing “Just Right” Research Questions: Strategies for ELLs

In this blog post, the author presents some instructional strategies to support English language learners (ELLs) at the middle school level as they work with an element of one of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) writing anchor standards, and concludes with some resources on writing for ELLs.

Number of views: 59
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 16:15

The Story of an Hour (8th Grade Unit)

This unit is based on "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin. The unit was created for use with eighth-grade English language learners. Activities include interactive readings, embedded vocabulary instruction, mini lessons on literacy concepts such as irony, and an opportunity for students to...

Number of views: 54
Date created: 07/29/2014 - 16:39

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