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. 

Fundamentals of Learning (FOL)

This publication provides a framework, the Fundamentals of Learning (FOL), to assist teachers in transitioning to the classroom practices called for in the College- and Career-Ready Standards (CCRS). The content of this resource is drawn from leading theory and research about learning and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 3,631
Date created: 08/21/2013 - 11:08

A State Guide to the Development of Universally Designed Assessments

The purpose of this guide is to provide states with strategies for developing universally designed assessments, including conceptualization and item construction; field testing; item reviews; statewide operation; and evaluation. Universal design for assessments is an approach to educational...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 57
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Measuring Teachers' Contributions to Student Learning Growth for Nontested Grades and Subjects

The growing need for more information about measuring teachers’ contributions to student learning growth, particularly in nontested subjects and grades, is the impetus for this Research & Policy Brief. Although the research base in this area is disappointingly limited, the brief includes...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Technical Adequacy of Assessments for Alternate Student Populations: Guidelines for Consumers and Developers

These guidelines are designed to assist developers and consumers of assessments for English language learner (ELL) students specifically and for special student populations in general. The guidelines are intended to help evaluate the technical adequacy (i.e., validity, reliability, freedom from...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Moving Your Numbers: Five Districts Share How They Used Assessment and Accountability to Increase Performance for Students with Disabilities as Part of District-wide Improvement

This article examines how five demographically dissimilar school districts use assessment and accountability as an impetus to implement positive changes in their schools. The article emphasizes that each district refrains from using assessment data as the reason that teachers cannot teach or that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 31
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Forum Guide to Building a Culture of Quality Data: A School & District Resource

Quality data, like quality students, come from schools. Recently, there has been a growing awareness that effective teaching, efficient schools, and quality data are related. The quality of information used to develop an instructional plan, run a school, plan a budget, or place a student in a class...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Benchmark Assessment for Improved Learning (Policy Brief)

This Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center (AACC) policy brief describes how benchmark assessment can be used to support student achievement.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 64
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: General Accessibility Guidelines

This document presents general accessibility guidelines that item writers and item reviewers must follow when developing items and tasks for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced). The guidelines combine the best practices that guided the development of paper-based tests for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 16
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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