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. 

Knowing the Score: The Who, What, and Why of Testing

This brief provides information about K–12 testing with the goal of helping parents, educators, policymakers, and others make decisions about testing policies in their community and state. Background information is provided, as well as answers to common questions about K–12 testing, including the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 49
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

CCSSO Webinar: Overview of the English Language Proficiency Development Framework

This resource is a slide presentation document highlighting the guiding premises, conceptualization, and purpose of the English Language Development Proficiency Framework (ELPD). It serves as an introductory source presented by the authoring committee of the ELPD, showing the relationship between...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 78
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 10:59

Blueprint for College Readiness: A 50-State Policy Analysis

The Blueprint Report is designed by state leaders to feature a menu of 10 critical policies that promote college readiness and success, specifically improving student success and transition from high school to post-secondary education. The Blueprint "is designed to serve as a framework to help K–12...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:28

A Complete Definition of College and Career Readiness

David Conley, a researcher and expert on the topic of college and career readiness, defines what it means to be college and career ready. Although a "student who is ready for college and career can qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses leading to a baccalaureate or...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 78
Date created: 09/18/2014 - 09:39

Developing and Using a Definition of College and Career Readiness: A Practical Primer for States

More of America's students will need to achieve some post-secondary education for a successful future in the workplace and society. Students need to graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills to complete a post-secondary education.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 24
Date created: 06/05/2014 - 14:26

Deeper Learning

Deeper Learning is the shorthand phrase that The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has adopted to describe an initiative in which the majority of the Education Program’s resources are directed toward supporting new standards for equity and excellence in U.S. public education. The Deeper Learning...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 23
Date created: 06/05/2014 - 10:00

Connecting the Dots: Postsecondary’s Role in Preparing K-12 Students

This report addresses the development of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and common assessments. The report provides an overview of postsecondary’s role in preparing K–12 students for first-year, freshman college courses.  

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 110
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Action Agenda for Higher Education

To meet the goals of the Common Core State Standards, this issue brief describes key areas that will require active participation from higher education leaders and faculty from a broad array of disciplines. The areas include: defining college readiness and aligning key policies for the school-to-...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14