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. 

Understanding Student Learning: The Need for Education Data

This informational resource provides an overview of the types of data that schools often collect as well as the purposes behind data use. The main topics are: What types of data do schools collect?  How do schools use student education data to help individual students?  Who needs education data?...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:52

Teaching Higher: Educators' Perspectives on Common Core Implementation

This study by the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University surveyed a representative sample of teachers in five states (Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Nevada) as they prepared their students to take the new Common Core-aligned assessments in the spring...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 20
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:52

Testing Trends: Considerations for Choosing and Using Assessments

As its title suggests, this ECS publication provides an overview of the current state trends in assessment. Among the topics covered are:

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 34
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:52

Considerations for State Leaders in the Design of School Accountability Systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) differs significantly from its predecessor, known as the No Child Left Behind Act. The new ESSA provides only a narrow timeline for states to adjust their accountability systems. This publication provides initial guidance for this adjustment...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 120
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:46

Re-Balancing Assessment: Placing Formative and Performance Assessment at the Heart of Learning and Accountability

From the overview: "we call for replacing our current, unbalanced formula of summative assessments and external pressure with a new, more balanced formula for assessment and accountability centered around curriculum-embedded performance assessments or CEPAs—classroom-based instructional units that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 75
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:33

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

Every Student Succeeds Act (PowerPoint Presentation)

This webinar provides an overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the transition process for states. States will not need to submit annual measurable objectives (AMOs) or create new annual measurable achievement objectives (AMAOs) for the 2014–2015 or 2015–2016 school years. Report...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 205
Date created: 02/10/2016 - 12:49

Dear Colleague Letter on ESSA - January 28, 2016

This letter provides additional guidance regarding ESSA implementation, particularly regarding issues that impact state operations during the 2016–2017 school year. For the 2016–2017 school year, formula grant recipients are expected to operate under the plans, procedures, and requirements in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 46
Date created: 02/10/2016 - 12:29

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