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Joan Herman Proposes Formative Assessment Model

In a recent presentation to the Invitational Research Symposium on Science Assessment, CSAI Associate Director Joan Herman shared a research-based model for formative assessment. The model incorporates learning goals, assessment and observations, feedback, and interpretation to support next generation science standards and student learning.

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From the Common Core to the Classroom – A New CSAI Resource

This new CSAI publication provides a framework, the Fundamentals of Learning, to assist teachers in transitioning to the Common Core State Standards. The authors focus on three fundamental aspects of learning for K-12 students’ attainment of the CCSS: making meaning; participating and contributing; and managing learning.

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New CSAI Resource Helps Schools and Teachers Implement CCSS

The CSAI’s new Getting a Handle on the Standards resource overviews the Mathematics and ELA Common Core State Standards and provides activities for educators to implement them in the classroom. Download now.

Take a Short ELL Course with Kenji Hakuta and Others

Beginning October 21, Stanford Professor Kenji Hakuta and other noted researchers will be offering a free on-line class, Mastering the Language of the Common Core State Standards.

This short course looks closely at student-to-student discourse and addresses how to facilitate student engagement in the types of interactions required by the new standards. It organizes a massive collaboration of educators who wish to support students, particularly English Language Learners, to co-create and build upon each other’s ideas as they interact with the content .


Our Mission: The CSAI has four specific project goals:

  1. Improve State policies, practices, and support to districts for implementation of rigorous, college- and career-readiness standards and assessments;
  2. Increase the capacity of the RCCs to meet the technical assistance needs of States. Expand the capacity and skills of teachers and principals;
  3. Continuously improve the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the CSAI to support the long-term sustainability of reform efforts; and
  4. Expand the reach of the CSAI through successful collaboration with national associations and other organizations.

Our dissemination strategies—which capitalize on technology enhancements to promote engagement, efficiency, and effectiveness—leverage resources from a range of federal networks, including Regional Educational Laboratories, Equity Centers, RCCs, and CCs.