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. 

Guiding District Implementation of Common Core State Standards: Innovation Configuration Maps

These Innovation Configuration maps were developed by a task force of Kentucky educators with support from Kentucky Department of Education, Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center at Edvantia, and Learning Forward to align with the four pillars of Kentucky’s Leadership Networks. They are offered...

Number of views: 84
Date created: 02/10/2014 - 09:58

NAESP Leadership for the Common Core Survey

Two surveys, reflecting the views of more than 1,000 principals in 14 states that have adopted CCSS, show that the majority of the nation’s elementary and middle-level principals strongly agree that CCSS will provide more meaningful assessments of student learning, increase students’ skill mastery...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 5
Date created: 01/30/2014 - 12:03

Examining High-Stakes Testing

In summer 2013, results from Common Core–aligned tests in New York showed a steep decline in outcomes. Common Core advocates hailed the scores as an honest accounting of school and student performance, while others worried that they reflected problems with the tests, inadequate support for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 37
Date created: 01/30/2014 - 10:11

Communicating the Common Core State Standards: A Resource for Superintendents, School Board Members, and Public Relations Executives

This publication says that “superintendents and school boards in particular, with support from public relations executives in their districts, have a critical role to play in educating families, staff, and the public about these changes.” This resource guide attempts to help urban school districts...

Number of views: 36
Date created: 01/30/2014 - 10:08

Standardized Testing and the Common Core Standards: You Get What You Pay For?

Assessment costs have always been a political football given the controversy surrounding standardized testing, and that has only intensified with the debate over Common Core. Concerns about the cost of the consortia’s tests likely stem in part from a sense of uncertainty because the consortia have...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 10
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 10:44

Testing and Common Core

This article, published in American School magazine by the American School Board Journal, says that the goal of testing and assessment that will come with the Common Core is to encourage a more thoughtful approach to teaching and learning. The author says that that goal, however, is fraught with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 14
Date created: 12/17/2013 - 10:24

Moving Beyond the Mainstream: Helping Diverse Learners Master the Common Core

This special issue of Education Week looks at the challenges that educators face in adapting the Common Core State Standards for students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and gifted students. Articles include the implementation of the CCSS by teachers and schools, collaboration between...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 24
Date created: 12/17/2013 - 10:19

Access for All: Six Principles for Principals to Consider in Implementing CCSS for Students with Disabilities

This short article published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals says that under various state-developed standards and assessments, accommodations for students with disabilities have not been adequately addressed or have been ignored. It claims that the Common Core State...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 92
Date created: 12/17/2013 - 10:15

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