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. 

Benchmark Assessment for Improved Learning

This policy brief addressed three major questions that education leaders should consider in establishing a benchmark assessment system:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 76
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 16:36

Building an Interim Assessment System: A Workbook for School Districts

This workbook offers states and districts a set of questions and issues that they should consider in determining their readiness and in selecting and/or evaluating an existing interim assessment. The questions are intended to be answered by various stakeholder groups in collaboration, not by a...

Number of views: 62
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 16:18

The Role of Interim Assessments in a Comprehensive Assessment System

This informative brief lays out general questions that districts should consider before making a decision to use interim assessment:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 201
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 15:36

Making Benchmark Testing Work

The article discusses six criteria that can be used to evaluate the validity of benchmark tests: alignment, diagnostic value, fairness, technical quality, utility, and feasibility (see also Linn, Baker, & Dunbar, 1991). Based on these criteria, the authors summarize their perspective in six...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 15:26

Interim Assessment Practices and Avenues for State Involvement

This report was commissioned by the Technical Issues in Large Assessment SCASS (State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards) Testing of the Council of Chief State School Officers. The report defines interim assessment, differentiates it from formative assessment, and describes how...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 81
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 14:30

The Principal Role in Data Driven Decision Making: Using Case Study Data to Develop Multimediator Models of Educational Reform

Using data gathered as part of a previous case study of urban schools across the U.S., the authors use simulation methodology to specifically examine the principal’s role in effective data use. The authors identify key principal actions supporting data use in these schools, which included: (1)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 132
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 14:24

Practices that Support Data Use in Urban High Schools, Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR)

This article summarizes initial findings of a case study investigating data use in five low-performing urban high schools undergoing comprehensive school-wide reform. The case study investigated the ways in which disaggregated data were used to examine progress and guide improvement; factors and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 6
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 14:19

Implementing Benchmark Testing for Formative Purposes: Teacher Voices About What Works

This article reports on the results of focus groups with 67 elementary and middle school teachers from several school districts surrounding an urban metropolitan area in Virginia. The study found that teachers’ use of benchmark assessment results was influenced by perceived quality of test items,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 38
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 14:11