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. 

Revised State Template for the Consolidated State Plan: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act

On March 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education released an updated Every Student Succeeds Act consolidated state plan template, accompanied by the following press release:  "In a letter delivered today to chief state school officers, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provided clarity on...

Number of views: 25
Date created: 03/16/2017 - 11:09

Evidence-Based Improvement: A Guide for States to Strengthen Their Frameworks and Supports Aligned to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA

To support states and local districts in selecting and implementing evidence-based improvement strategies, WestEd researchers have published a set of tools for this work. These tools provide guidance for examining state and local evidence-based decisions, with tools designed specifically for states...

Number of views: 40
Date created: 01/17/2017 - 15:21

Overview of Major Assessment Types in Standards-Based Instruction

This overview is designed to help state education agencies, local education agencies, schools, educators, partner organizations, and other stakeholders understand the differences between major assessment types in standards-based instruction. Formative, Diagnostic, Interim/Benchmark, and Summative...

Number of views: 436
Date created: 11/02/2016 - 17:23

Non-Regulatory Guidance: Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments

This guide is designed to help state education agencies, local education agencies, schools, educators, partner organizations, and other stakeholders select and implement interventions that improve student outcomes. In this guide, USED provides steps for effective decision-making regarding selection...

Number of views: 85
Date created: 09/16/2016 - 10:32

The Assessment Transition Communications Toolkit

This toolkit is one of two developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to help state and school districts communicate testing information before, during, and after the assessment window this spring. This toolkit is for states transitioning to a new assessment this year.

Number of views: 40
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:16

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

Guide to Evaluating Assessments Using the CCSSO Criteria for High Quality Assessments: Focus on Test Content

Because the results from state assessments are often used for high stakes purposes, it is important that the assessments themselves are of high quality. In this publication, the authors propose a methodology for evaluating state assessments for summative purposes. They describe their methodology...

Number of views: 111
Date created: 02/24/2016 - 17:23

Moving Toward Equity Data Review Tool: Getting Started With Equitable Access Data

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Number of views: 64
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:49

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