Aligning assessments and curricula with standards is an essential process in this age of CCSS and NCLB. This site has a collection of videos that can be used by teachers as they implement their own alignment. I like the way the site puts everything together in one place. I think having all of these resources in one location is quite beneficial and will save educators a lot of time.
In this webinar, the speaker shares his personal tips and experiences for building a viable local curriculum based on the CCSS. He provides the viewer with helpful tools for mapping CCSS to curriculum, instruction, and assessment and ways to facilitate learning in all students. I really liked the way the speaker presented his information. I think it will be very useful to all teachers.
While this video focuses on an ESL curriculum, the concepts it presents are universal and can be applied to all other areas. The presenter is quite cordial and easy to understand. I think this video would be a great place to start when beginning the transition to standards-based assessments.
Rick Logue presents a webinar about standards-based assessments. He presents the information is a very user-friendly manner and does a wonderful job explaining what the purposes of standard-bases assessments are. I think all teachers should view this video to become more aware of the impact this type of assessment has on their students and their teaching.
The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at the University of California wrote this report about how aligning assessments and curricula to state standards works to reform schools. It is quite lengthy, but it does a wonderful job of telling the story (it is written in narrative form).
One of the biggest things that NCLB introduced was accountability of teachers in student learning. This articles discusses the process of aligning assessment to standards as a means of holding teachers accountable. I think this is a bit of a harsh idea, but it serves a purpose. Teachers need to be sure their students are learning what they need to and an aligned assessment can provide evidence of that.