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. 

Cognitive Loading in Three-Dimensional NGSS Assessment Knowledge, Skills, and Know-How

This white paper, developed in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Education, presents a new model for evaluating the cognitive ranges of large-scale assessment specific to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Number of views: 143
Date created: 06/25/2019 - 09:45

Using K-­2 Summative Assessments to Improve Third Grade Outcomes Webinar and Presentation

CSAI recently presented to Early Childhood, Assessment, and Accountability staff from seven states at the request of the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) as a professional learning event for their Early Childhood Community of Practice.  Through this presentation, CSAI addressed the following...

Number of views: 127
Date created: 05/13/2019 - 10:42

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: 178
Date created: 04/09/2018 - 17:13

Checking In: Are Math Assignments Measuring Up?

In this report, the focus on is on the role of classroom assignments in a context of increased rigor for daily learning. The report notes that classroom assignments are strongly reflective of the expectations that educators hold for their learners. By analyzing classroom experiences, it is possible...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 55
Date created: 04/09/2018 - 16:10

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: 66
Date created: 01/12/2018 - 12:09

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: 61
Date created: 01/11/2018 - 10:26

Consolidated State Plans Webinar

On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education hosted a webinar to discuss requirements for consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act. In this webinar, the U.S. Department of Education provides insights from states that submitted their state plans during the spring window....

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 16
Date created: 08/08/2017 - 13:45

Instructional Materials and Implementation of Next Generation Science Standards: Demand, Supply, and Strategic Opportunities

This report, produced by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, provides an overview of instructional materials available to support implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). For NGSS to be implemented in a sustainable manner, there need to be high-quality instructional...

Number of views: 146
Date created: 07/26/2017 - 13:46

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