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. 

Science Teacher Inquiry Rubric (STIR)

The Science Teacher Inquiry Rubric (STIR) is a two-page observation and teacher-reflection tool, most appropriate for supervisors, principals, or other observers of classroom teachers, and possibly for use by classroom teachers themselves, to assess classroom instruction and practices with regard...

Number of views: 150
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:52

Generation STEM: The Four Cs of Next Generation Engineering Standards

This article aligns the "four Cs"—collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication—from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (2004) to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The author advocates that the NGSS lay out a vision of science education that embraces a project-...

Number of views: 1,372
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 09:52

Relationships and convergences among the mathematics, science, and ELA practices

A product of the Stanford University Understanding Language initiative, this Venn diagram is a tool that effectively illustrates the overlap and grouping of student practices (and student capacities) from four sets of seminal documents: the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language...

Number of views: 1,130
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:26

Science Assessments: Innovations in the Next Generation of State Assessments

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the K-12 Center at ETS collaborated to present this webinar discussing options for science assessment aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The webinar provided an overview of the NGSS, and panelists discussed activities in states that...

Number of views: 169
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:20