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. 

A Descriptive Analysis of State-Supported Formative Assessment Initiatives in New York and Vermont

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) arrived at a consensus definition of formative assessment as “a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students’ achievement of intended instructional...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 45
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 10:56

Teacher Learning Through Assessment: How Student-Performance Assessments Can Support Teacher Learning

From the summary: "As the internationally benchmarked Common Core State Standards, or CCSS, are adopted in states across the country, educators are seeking ways to support an increasingly diverse student population to meet these more demanding expectations. The likelihood that students will achieve...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:20

A New Era for Educational Assessment

From the abstract: "In this article, David Conley focuses on how to assess meaningful learning in ways that promote student achievement while simultaneously meeting system accountability needs. The article draws upon research that supports the notion that a major shift in educational assessment is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:49

Reform at a Crossroads: A Call for Balanced Systems of Assessment and Accountability

Written by a broad number of state and national experts in accountability, standards, and assessment, this publication addresses the following questions.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 47
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:59

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science

The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science supports educators conducting in-depth evaluations of the quality of lessons and units that appear in published materials or are educator-created. The EQuIP Rubric for science extends the work of previous...

Number of views: 255
Date created: 06/04/2015 - 14:06

Argumentation in History and Science

Boston College professor and scholar Katherine L. McNeill developed a series of resources to support middle school science and social studies teachers' use of argumentation. The resources are organized in a course format and include a syllabus, slide decks and class materials for each session, and...

Number of views: 112
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:36

The Inquiry Project: Seeing the World Through a Scientist’s Eyes

The Inquiry Project is a grades 3–5 curriculum that involves students in investigations about matter. A major part of the project consists of involving students in collaborative work. The project's website highlights curricular design and implementation tools for teachers, including instructional...

Number of views: 89
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:41

The Mathematics Common Core Toolbox

This toolbox is meant to support districts in their implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Dana Center believes the new standards provide an opportunity for districts to move their students to higher levels of achievement. However, they also recognize the challenges districts...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 396
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:31

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