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 Benchmark Testing Work

The article discusses six criteria that can be used to evaluate the validity of benchmark tests: alignment, diagnostic value, fairness, technical quality, utility, and feasibility (see also Linn, Baker, & Dunbar, 1991). Based on these criteria, the authors summarize their perspective in six...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 15:26

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: 116
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

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: 22
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 13:57

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: 15
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: 31
Date created: 03/21/2017 - 18:01

Interim Assessments: Keys to Successful Implementation

This brief is based on New Leaders for New Schools research and considers the potential and challenges of implementing interim assessments. The heart of the document is its list of 23 conditions the author considers important for successful implementation that will support student learning. These...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 69
Date created: 03/21/2017 - 16:25

Rethinking How Students Succeed

Noncognitive skills initiatives hold promise for making students more successful. Noncognitive skills, the term used in this article, are related to social and emotional learning (SEL) and academic mindsets; they encompass academic attitudes and behaviors like self-awareness, self-control,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 100
Date created: 03/09/2017 - 12:48

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