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. 

Lifelong Learning Skills for College and Career Readiness: Considerations for Education Policy

From the resource summary: "Lifelong Learning Skills (LLS) provide the foundation for learning and working. They broadly support student thinking, self-management, and social interaction, enabling the pursuit of education and career goals. Collectively, LLS are the means by which students master...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 51
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 15:49

Maintaining the Validity of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in a Common Core Based Environment

The paper focuses on both policy and psychometric considerations in discussing the relationship of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) assessments. The paper examines how the traditional roles of NAEP are affected by the introduction of CCSS-...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 15
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 15:57

The Right Trajectory: State Teachers of the Year Compare Former and New State Assessments

From the publisher: "Utilizing research-based methodologies and practices including Evidence Centered Design, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge, and survey instruments designed for this study, we convened two panels to examine six assessment instruments. Each study panel was composed of State and National...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 19
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:04

What Are Teachers' and School Leaders' Major Concerns About New K–12 State Tests?

The implementation of new consortia-based tests (Smarter Balanced and PARCC) has created concern among both educators and school leaders about increased test difficulty, score accuracy, technology, and educator readiness to prepare students for the new assessments. In this brief report, the authors...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 34
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:48

How Does Data Management Impact Practitioner Decision Making?: Illustrations from Three Case Studies

In this 28-page publication, the authors present a general model for data collection and analysis that had been implemented into a number of charter schools. The first step is to collect data that are complete, valid, and reliable. The second step is to develop descriptive tools to use the data,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 39
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:52

Proficient vs. Prepared 2016: State Test Results are Getting Closer to Student Achievement on NAEP

This report updates Achieve's first Proficient vs. Prepared report (published in 2015; see Related Resources below), which found large differences between most state test results and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results. This year's reporting shows the same - with states...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 24
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:53

Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments

This study's purpose was to evaluate the quality of four standardized assessments—three new, multi-state assessments (ACT Aspire, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced) and a well-regarded existing state assessment (Massachusetts' state exam [MCAS])—to determine whether they met new criteria developed by the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 77
Date created: 02/16/2016 - 14:58

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: 36
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:52

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