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. 

Making whole-child education the norm

This policy brief describes research and policy initiatives that can make social and emotional skills a focal point in children’s education. The authors review the literature on how social and emotional skills develop, and how they are important drivers of cognitive skills, school, and life...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 58
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:14

Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives

A growing body of evidence has shown that social and emotional strengths in children and adults lead to school and life success. This article from the New York Times summarizes some of the key studies that support this claim, and argues that schools and teachers need to promote social and emotional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 102
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 17:51

Charting Success: Data Use and Student Achievement in Urban Schools

The study examines the relationship between interim data-use practices at the school and classroom levels and student achievement. The study draws on teacher and principal survey data with more than 1,500 teachers and 150 school principals and student achievement data from over 60,000 students...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 48
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 16:48

Executive Summary - Making the Most of Interim Assessment Data: Lessons from Philadelphia

This multi-method qualitative study focuses on interim data use in 10 low performing elementary schools in Philadelphia. It focuses on how schools and instructional communities within those schools (grade level teams, instructional leadership teams) use interim data for instructional improvement at...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 12
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 15:49

Using Interim Assessments Instead of Summative? Consideration of an ESSA Option

This technical report (presented at a CCSSO conference) shares the ESSA provision that both enables and lays out requirements for using interim assessments in place of a single end of year assessment for state accountability purposes. The authors’ guidance for considering the use of interim...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 95
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 15:04

An Approach for Evaluating the Technical Quality of Interim Assessments

This article describes six criteria areas that should be considered in evaluating interim assessments: Test purpose and use, Test development and documentation (Item-level, test-level, and multiple test level criteria), Administration and inclusion,  Test scores and reports, Test utility, and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 83
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 16:40

Benchmark Assessment for Improved Learning

This policy brief addressed three major questions that education leaders should consider in establishing a benchmark assessment system:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 84
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 16:36

The Role of Interim Assessments in a Comprehensive Assessment System

This informative brief lays out general questions that districts should consider before making a decision to use interim assessment:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 210
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 15:36