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 Presentation at CERA 2017

At the 2017 California Educational Research Association's (CERA) annual conference, CSAI Director Deb Sigman and Assistant Director Bryan Hemberg presented a session called Designing a Comprehensive Assessment System. Co-presenting were Marie Mancuso, Associate Director of the West Comprehensive...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 156
Date created: 01/29/2018 - 17:44

Leveraging Mindset Science to Design Educational Environments That Nurture People's Natural Drive to Learn

To address the important role of student motivation in the learning process, this brief provides an overview of students' mindsets related to learning and school-related beliefs. The brief addresses how student mindsets impact their sense of competence, connections to others, and persistence in...

Number of views: 71
Date created: 01/12/2018 - 12:09

Let’s Continue this Conversation: How to Turn New Stakeholder Connections into Long-Term Relationships

This guide is intended to help states assess the engagement strategies used during the ESSA development stage, identify the ones to sustain or refine, and develop a long-term plan that will continue to create opportunities for stakeholders to be heard on this and other education issues.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 32
Date created: 01/12/2018 - 09:10

Strong Standards: A Review of Changes to State Standards Since the Common Core

In this report, Achieve focuses on states that had previously adopted and implemented the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts (ELA). The 24 states studied here have implemented state-developed ELA standards after eliminating use of CCSS. To understand how well these state...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 65
Date created: 01/11/2018 - 10:26

Check State Plans

The interactive Check State Plans website allows users to review the first 17 submitted state plans and see what education experts identify as strengths and weaknesses in each plan. The site also presents 9 important elements included in the plans (e.g., goals, standards and assessment, continuous...

Number of views: 124
Date created: 09/20/2017 - 16:34

Formative Assessment: Examples of Practice

To help educators better understand formative assessment, this paper provides examples and counter-examples of formative assessment in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Using the five attributes (i.e., learning progressions, learning goals and criteria for success, descriptive...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 827
Date created: 09/07/2017 - 11:47

PARCC Pearson Portal

This site contains the resources needed for Test Coordinators, Technology Coordinators, and Test Administrators to prepare for and administer PARCC English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics Assessments. Resources include technology setup information, manuals and training documents, sample...

Number of views: 377
Date created: 08/17/2017 - 10:19

Released Items

States in the PARCC consortium have released some test items from past PARCC assessments to give teachers a tool to inform and improve classroom teaching and learning.  The catalog of materials that appear on this page includes scoring rubrics and guides to the scoring, as well as released item...

Number of views: 321
Date created: 08/17/2017 - 10:10

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