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. 

Designing Schoolwide Programs: Non-Regulatory Guidance

This document is intended to complement the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and to serve as a “technical assistance resource” for schools (p. 2). This resource contains guidance for “the comprehensive needs assessment, the comprehensive plan, and the annual program evaluation” for schools (...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 51
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Secondary School Leader Action Brief

This series of action briefs was developed by Achieve and their partner organizations to help provide guidance to elementary school leadership, middle school leadership, and school counselors concerning implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The briefs discuss these Standards, the...

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

Achieving with Data: How High-performing School Systems use Data to Improve Instruction for Elementary Students

This report is the second in a three-part research effort to investigate the prevalence of performance-driven practices in urban school districts across the country. The study captures the details of data-driven instructional decision making at the classroom, school, and system levels in two urban...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 2,220
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning

Data Wise provides a toolbox of information pertaining to data-use and assessment practice. Following the "Data Wise Improvement Process," the book provides strategies to help schools organize and use data to improve student learning. The strategy can help organize assessment projects for...

Number of views: 77
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Formative Assessment Systems: Evaluating the Fit between School Districts' Needs and Assessment Systems' Characteristics

This study describes how districts search for and acquire formative assessment systems to meet their needs. It focuses on three school districts that adopted three different formative assessment systems. The findings suggest the fit between a system’s characteristics and a school district’s...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 16
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

Judging Student Achievement: Why Getting the Right Data Matters

No Child Left Behind offers a useful framework for thinking about the kinds of data needed to identify students having difficulty meeting standards and to document school progress in closing the achievement gap over time. This issue brief discusses the benefits and questions that can be answered by...

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

Putting Data Into Practice: Lessons From New York City

While New York’s size and the scope of its initiative make it unique, the district provides a rich and timely illustration of how data is being used in an urban school system—and how it can be employed in smaller districts, as well. Seen from the perspective of both its obstacles and successes, New...

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

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