Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative

diagram of common assigment system

Common Assignment System (CAS) provides teacher to teacher embedded professional learning experiences in a collaborative environment. Teachers collaborate to create units of study, implement the units, analyze student work from the units and make revisions.


The Units

  • Focus on literacy skills that support content learning
  • Include performance-based assessments for students to demonstrate learning in more authentic ways
  • Are standards-aligned
  • Include embedded Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) tasks, modules and/or mini-tasks
  • Are differentiated to meet the needs of individual learners 

Our Network

  •  Creates teacher leaders with expertise in instructional design
  •  Sustains a community of practice
  •  Honors individual contributions
  • Fosters collaboration

Our Approach

  •  Incorporates student voice and choice
  •  Encourages personalized learning opportunities for students
  •   Emphasizes process, analysis, and revision based on looking at student artifacts & responses
  •   Supports teacher learning in a scaffolded approach by starting with selecting existing units, tasks, modules, and mini-tasks to implement and then building their own units collaboratively
  •   Promotes professional reflection and thoughtful sharing of new learning


To learn about the history of the original research study and to read more from participants over the years, click here.