Regional Assessment Development Resources
General Copyright Guidelines for material used in assessments:
- Permission trumps all. OFTEN if you take the time to write a quick email to a publisher with the passage copied, or referred to, they will grant you permission to use it. This is the best route. Find the "contact us" email address at the bottom of a publisher's website. If you have some favorite article you read, by all means contact the publisher. Carefully craft the wording to indicate you will not be posting this online.
- Historical Primary Source texts are fair game and are likely archived via a government website. See some of the links below. Notice how some sites freely upload historical documents to their site. These are examples of fair use. They used them, so can you.
Public Domain Resources:
Library of Congress - The American History
American Time Capsule
Primary Source Sets from LOC
Teaching Science with Primary Sources
Search LOC by Standards
Online Primary Text from LOC
NYS Library of Historical Documents
- Remember to consider common documents such as lyrics from the Star Spangled Banner, the Pledge of allegiance, speeches, etc... Those are free game.
- Text complexity can be determined via the Fleisch-Kincaide tool within Word spell check option, or from the Metametrics Site itself (Lexile.com, lexile analyzer tool). (Just recently, the CCSS announced via a white paper that other measures of complexity are valid. They include DRP, ATOS, AR, and more. See this link: click here.)
- PROQUEST - permission granted to use material from this database.
- ProCon.org has granted permission for articles to be used.
- The CopyrightGenie is a wonderful tool when you are questioning whether something can be used, is within fair use guidelines, within the public domain, etc.
- This icon links you to public domain "books"
- Elementary Resources:
- National Wildlife Foundation - has granted us permission to use their articles, but you will have to keep track of the date, issue, and title. We will need to send them a list of what we have used.
- WorldBook Encyclopedia - Our license for WB Online includes the ability to use these in assessments.
- World Book Student - This site has correlated articles to the standards --click on "Educator Tools" at the bottom in fine print, for the standards correlations.
- PebbleGo - Log in page. See your building librarian for a password. This is low for Kindergarten - 1st grade...early second perhaps.