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. 

Designing for Learning: A Primer on Key Insights from the Science of Learning and Development

From the website: "This primer introduces four key factors that impact learning: cognition, motivation, identity, and individual variability. We selected these areas because a wealth of research indicates that each plays a critical role in how learning happens. Using this research, we developed a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 105
Date created: 12/21/2018 - 14:13

English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives

From the website: "English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives examines the research on English learners (ELs)’ learning, teaching, and assessment in STEM subjects and provides guidance on how to improve learning outcomes in STEM for these students. This report...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 154
Date created: 12/21/2018 - 13:36

Transforming Science Assessment: Systems for Innovation

This webpage presents a "series of resources designed to provide state education leaders with 1) information about how states are currently pursuing statewide assessment systems in science; 2) analyses of what features influence different approaches, with an eye to supporting state leaders as they...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 108
Date created: 12/21/2018 - 13:29

Choosing and Using SEL Competency Assessments: What Schools and Districts Need to Know

Jointly developed by the Assessment Work Group (AWG) and researchers from the RAND Corporation's Assessment Finder project, the purpose of this document is to provide school and district leaders and implementation teams with guidance on how to choose and use social and emotional learning (SEL)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 949
Date created: 12/21/2018 - 13:11

SEL Assessment Guide

The Assessment Guide provides several resources for leaders and implementation teams in PreK-12th grade settings who are making decisions about selecting and using measures of student SEL. This includes guidance on how to select an assessment and use student SEL competency data, a catalog from...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 2,389
Date created: 11/29/2018 - 09:29

Science Assessment Criteria

As states and districts implement science standards that are based on the National Research Council's A Framework for K–12 Science Education, there may be questions about how to develop assessments that are accurate measures of new standards. To support states and districts in these efforts,...

Number of views: 185
Date created: 04/09/2018 - 17:13

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: 72
Date created: 01/12/2018 - 12:09

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