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. 

CSAI Presentations at NCSA 2018

At the Council of Chief State School Officer's (CCSSO) 2018 National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA), CSAI Senior Advisor Deborah Sigman, Assistant Director Bryan Hemberg, and Content Experts Joanne Jensen, Kevin King, and Cinda Parton presented on topics related to assessment and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 220
Date created: 08/06/2018 - 16:21

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Highlights of Final Regulations on Accountability Systems, Report Cards, and State Plans

On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education published final regulations amending parts 200 and 299 of Title 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These regulations, effective on January 30, 2017, establish new rules for statewide accountability systems, state and local educational...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 52
Date created: 12/12/2016 - 09:01

Significant Changes: ESSA Accountability and State Plan Regulations—Notice of Proposed Rulemaking vs. Final Regulation

This resource provides a table summarizing significant changes between the original Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and the final regulations for ESSA accountability and state plans.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 18
Date created: 12/12/2016 - 08:46

Final Regulations on ESSA Accountability and State Plans Memorandum

This memorandum describes the major changes included in the final accountability and State plan regulations, when compared to the original Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register on May 31, 2016. In each specific topic area, the proposed regulations are first...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 13
Date created: 12/12/2016 - 08:41

Making the Grade: A 50-State Analysis of School Accountability Systems

This publication includes: an historical overview of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; a review of the requirements of the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act; a summary of the difference types of accountability systems used by states; and specific information about different state...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 56
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:42

Second Year of Assessments Communications Toolkit

The Council of Chief State School Officers developed this toolkit to help states and school districts communicate before, during, and after the 2016 assessment testing window. This toolkit includes a broad number of adaptable communications resources ranging from talking points to a parent letter....

Number of views: 38
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:09

The Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force (HB14-1202): Report of Findings and Recommendations

In 2014, the Colorado General Assembly created the Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force to study Colorado’s state and local assessment systems. A key goal was to reduce the testing burden on school districts and schools, as well as to address technology assessment needs and costs. Although...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 42
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:42

Testing Reduction Report

This report provides a number of recommendations to address important assessment issues in New York state. These issues include: test anxiety, assessment quality, and too much testing. The authors recommend the release of more test questions, greater use of adaptive testing, additional guidance to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 43
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:26

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