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. 

The Instructional Influence of Interim Assessments: Voices From the Field

This chapter provides a review of the literature on the rationale for the use of data to improve instruction and findings on how interim assessments may be used for formative purposes, how teachers analyze and use interim data, and the factors that influence use. The authors also share the results...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 25
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 14:04

Research on Data Use: A Framework and Analysis

The article describes a framework for organizing research on data use and provides insights on factors that influence the success of data use interventions [such as interim assessment].

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 20
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 13:57

Creating a System for Data-Driven Decision-Making: Applying the Principal-Agent Framework

This study used principal-agent theory to inform understanding of how systems (districts) can promote data-driven decision making. The study is based on case studies in four urban school systems and focuses on elementary schools’ data use.  Study authors highlight three major study findings:  First...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 89
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 13:19

Productive Formative Assessment Always Requires Local District Preparation

This chapter makes the case for balanced assessment systems and argues that the productive use of assessment for formative and improvement purposes always requires local district action. The authors describe seven essential actions for local districts: Balance assessment systems, Continue to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 11:51

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making

The practice guide was developed by a panel of experts who synthesized available research with expert opinion to provide five recommendations essential for the effective use of data. The five recommendations are: Make data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement. Teach students to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 03/21/2017 - 18:01

Making the Most of Interim Assessment Data: Lessons from Philadelphia

This report shares the results of Research for Action’s (RFA) multimethod study of the use and impact of interim assessments in 10 low performing elementary schools in Philadelphia. Interim assessments were a central component of the district’s “Managed Instruction System” (MIS), which also...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 71
Date created: 03/21/2017 - 16:44

Interim Assessments: Keys to Successful Implementation

This brief is based on New Leaders for New Schools research and considers the potential and challenges of implementing interim assessments. The heart of the document is its list of 23 conditions the author considers important for successful implementation that will support student learning. These...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 67
Date created: 03/21/2017 - 16:25

Designing a Comprehensive Assessment System

An assessment system must provide decision-makers at all levels with sound information on which they can base their decisions in support of learning for all students. A comprehensive system includes different types of assessment tools and processes, used for different purposes at different levels...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 335
Date created: 03/20/2017 - 15:29

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