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. 

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessment for the Common Core State Standards

This newly updated and final edition of Coming together to Raise Achievement provides consortia-approved summaries of the ongoing work of all the assessment consortia: comprehensive assessment (PARCC and Smarter Balanced), alternative assessment (DLM and NCSC), and English language proficiency...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 06/09/2014 - 12:12

Examining the Content and Context of the Common Core State Standards: A First Look at Implications for the National Assessment of Educational Progress

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been widely adopted by states. According to this report, these new standards, and the assessments being built to measure them, offer the possibility of far greater uniformity in curriculum and assessment across the nation than has characterized U.S....

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 24
Date created: 06/09/2014 - 12:03

Choosing Blindly: Instructional Materials, Teacher Effectiveness, and the Common Core

Instructional materials have important effects on student learning, but there is a lack of research on the effectiveness of most instructional materials, and a there is little systematic information being collected on which materials are being used in schools. Chingos and Whitehurst believe the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 06/05/2014 - 14:25

Teaching to the Core: Integrating Implementation of Common Core and Teacher Effectiveness Policies

To strengthen state implementation of Common Core State Standards and meaningful teacher evaluations, the Aspen Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in this policy brief suggest ten actions to move beyond simply implementing ambitious reforms in parallel--teacher...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:40

A Primer on Common Core-Aligned Assessments

This primer is designed for state policymakers and advocates who are transitioning their assessment systems to gauge and support student mastery of the Common Core State Standards. Educators and other stakeholders might also use this resource to enhance their understanding of changing assessment...

Number of views: 48
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:39

Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP)

EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products) is an initiative designed to identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The objectives are 1) to increase the supply of high quality lessons and units aligned to the CSSS for elementary,...

Number of views: 147
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:37

Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education - Lessons from PISA 2012 for the United States

This report compares the performance of  United States 15-year-olds on PISA against global patterns and trends. The report analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of U.S. students on different types of mathematics tasks. It also reviews the relationship with the Common Core State Standards for...

Number of views: 11
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:34

Prepare for More Realistic Test Results

In this article from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the authors say that the potential drop in reported state proficiency rates when the new CCSSM assessments are implemented will require adjusted expectations. The authors provide evidence from NAEP, TIMSS and NCLB to support...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 6
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:31

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