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 Role of Strategic Communications in the Transition to New Academic Standards and Assessments: Case Studies of Tennessee and Kentucky

This case study examines how the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the state of Tennessee managed communications in the transition to more rigorous standards. The authors present eight important lessons including: proactive communication; coordinated communication; educator engagement; simple messages;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:11

Re-Imagining Accountability in K-12 Education: A Behavioral Science Perspective

From the Abstract: "This paper notes that accountability in schools is of particular attention now, as Congress considers changes in policy and re-authorization of NCLB.  The authors argue that the policy debate can be informed by literature from behavioral science on accountability (Lerner &...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 20
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 16:04

Next-Generation Accountability Systems: An Overview of Current State Policies and Practices

This report describes next-generation accountability concepts that states have either designed or implemented. Many concepts are derived through ESEA flexibility waivers that exempted states from many of the accountability requirements of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, the current iteration of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 49
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:58

Ready for College and Career? Achieving the Common Core Standards and Beyond Through Deeper, Student-Centered Learning

From the publishers: "This report finds that a range of cross-cutting skills like communication, innovation and self-regulation are crucial to student success. Student-centered approaches to learning can equip students with a range of skills necessary to succeed in the Common Core, college, and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 23
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:53

Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions: The Innovation Lab Network State Framework for College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness, and Implications for State Policy

From the publishers: "Stemming from the collective work of ILN (ten Innovation Lab Network) states, this white paper communicates the shared framework and definitional elements of CCCR (College, Career and Citizenship Readiness) accepted by ILN chief state school officers in June 2012.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 53
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 14:21

Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning

From the Publisher: "CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) and the state (education) chiefs developed the Innovation Lab Network (ILN) to share learning, drive collective action, and to create and scale student-centered learning environments. The ILN developed a framework, referenced as...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 18
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:06

A Compendium of Research on the Common Core State Standards

From the publisher: "The Center on Education Policy has put together this compendium, which very briefly summarizes the published research on many different aspects of the CCSS. Our objective was to create an accessible and readable overview of current research that can inform implementation,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 22
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:03

A New Era for Educational Assessment

From the abstract: "In this article, David Conley focuses on how to assess meaningful learning in ways that promote student achievement while simultaneously meeting system accountability needs. The article draws upon research that supports the notion that a major shift in educational assessment is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:49

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