Resource Library

The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) reviews a variety of resources, ranging from guidance documents, research papers, and policy briefs to tools and websites aimed at supporting state and local education agency leadership in making decisions about their standards, assessment programs, and accountability systems. Reviewed resources are added monthly. 

The Principal Role in Data Driven Decision Making: Using Case Study Data to Develop Multimediator Models of Educational Reform

Using data gathered as part of a previous case study of urban schools across the U.S., the authors use simulation methodology to specifically examine the principal’s role in effective data use. The authors identify key principal actions supporting data use in these schools, which included: (1)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 122
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 14:24

Practices that Support Data Use in Urban High Schools, Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR)

This article summarizes initial findings of a case study investigating data use in five low-performing urban high schools undergoing comprehensive school-wide reform. The case study investigated the ways in which disaggregated data were used to examine progress and guide improvement; factors and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 6
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 14:19

Implementing Benchmark Testing for Formative Purposes: Teacher Voices About What Works

This article reports on the results of focus groups with 67 elementary and middle school teachers from several school districts surrounding an urban metropolitan area in Virginia. The study found that teachers’ use of benchmark assessment results was influenced by perceived quality of test items,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 38
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 14:11

The Instructional Influence of Interim Assessments: Voices From the Field

This chapter provides a review of the literature on the rationale for the use of data to improve instruction and findings on how interim assessments may be used for formative purposes, how teachers analyze and use interim data, and the factors that influence use. The authors also share the results...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 32
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 14:04

Research on Data Use: A Framework and Analysis

The article describes a framework for organizing research on data use and provides insights on factors that influence the success of data use interventions [such as interim assessment].

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 28
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 13:57

Creating a System for Data-Driven Decision-Making: Applying the Principal-Agent Framework

This study used principal-agent theory to inform understanding of how systems (districts) can promote data-driven decision making. The study is based on case studies in four urban school systems and focuses on elementary schools’ data use.  Study authors highlight three major study findings:  First...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 96
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 13:19

Productive Formative Assessment Always Requires Local District Preparation

This chapter makes the case for balanced assessment systems and argues that the productive use of assessment for formative and improvement purposes always requires local district action. The authors describe seven essential actions for local districts: Balance assessment systems, Continue to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 16
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 11:51

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making

The practice guide was developed by a panel of experts who synthesized available research with expert opinion to provide five recommendations essential for the effective use of data. The five recommendations are: Make data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement. Teach students to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 32
Date created: 03/21/2017 - 18:01

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