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Education Research Guide

Education Resources

Study Guides

Are you studying for the CBEST or CSET this year? Do you need to know what the California Content Standards are for your discipline?  Would you like to know what the teacher credential requirements are in California?

Start here...

CBEST located on the 4th Floor
CSET located on the 4th floor
Teacher Certification Requirements in All Fifty States located on the 4th floor LB 1771 .T43

Make sure to take a look at all the Education materials in our Reference area (3rd floor of the Kellogg Library), starting in the L's

Government Websites

Accountability Progress Reporting: Reports both the state Academic Performance Index (API) and the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and Program Improvement (PI) information.

Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs:  Provides information on various study abroad/educational exchange programs.

California Department of Education: Information on curriculum & instruction, testing & accountability, data sets, news, and professional learning can be found on this page.

California School Directory: This page provides detailed contact information for public schools, private schools, districts and county offices within the state.

California State Board of Education Content Standards: Provides information on standards (including California Common Core State Standards) and frameworks that students should acquire at each grade level.

Common Core State StandardsThis page gives detailed information regarding the common core state standards initiative.

CSUSM Library Government Documents: This page can help you find government documents pertaining to Education that are housed both here in our library and online.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): The K-12 science content standards

No Child Left Behind (2001): The complete NCLB Act can be found on this page, including Obama's Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education (2010).

Race to the Top: Provides information regarding President Obama's Race to the Top initiative.

Recommended Juvenile Literature: A national database that provides pre-k thru 12 literature recommendations as well as a list of literature resources.

San Diego County Office of EducationThis website provides a variety of services and information regarding the various school districts, charter schools, and community colleges throughout San Diego County.

San Diego County Unified School DistrictProvides information and news regarding the schools in this district for parents, students, and the community. 

United States Census Bureau: This is a page provided by the United States government and provides various typs of data sets, statistics, news and more.

U.S. Department of Education: The U.S. Department of Education's page will guide you to various national educational laws, data sets, news, and much more.

USA.gov: Provides accessible government information and services to the general public.

Lesson Plans

American Memory Project: Sponsored by the Library of Congress, this site offers a variety of history lesson plans and teacher resources.

Illuminations: Sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this site offers a variety of mathematical lesson plans and teacher resources.

Figure This!- Download and print math challenges.             

HotChalk Lesson Plans: This is a site that hosts lesson plans for teachers/by teachers.

International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) enables teachers to collaborate on projects via the Internet that "both enhance learning and make a difference in the world."

Lesson Planet is a lesson plan search engine for teachers that provides teacher-reviewed online resources including more than 150,000 online lesson plans and 75,000 online worksheets.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - Interactive, web-based tutorials

North Coastal Consortium for Special Education - "A Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA) that is composed of 14 school districts in the North County. 

SpellingCity - Free site that makes learning to spell fun!

Time4Writing - provides a series of 8-week, teacher-led courses for elementary, middle school and high school students. 

Many websites have compiled lists of multicultural lesson plans and resources, like the Virtual Middle School Library, and the Multicultural Pavilion's Resources and Dialogues for Equity in Education.

Other Useful Websites

Teacher.org - free site that helps you become an educator in California