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. 

Smarter Balanced “Tests of the Test” Successful: Field Test Provides Clear Path Forward

In spring 2014, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium conducted field tests of its online assessment system. This report, prepared on behalf of Smarter Balanced, describes the major themes from survey results across 13 of the 22 consortium states regarding the field tests. Each of the 13...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 17
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:26

Learning Progressions Frameworks Designed for Use with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts & Literacy K-12

This document presents a learning progression of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and literacy. Included is a working definition of learning progressions and a description of the conceptual framework that has guided the work on this project, which attempts to describe...

Number of views: 808
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:17

Criteria for Procuring and Evaluating High-Quality Assessments

The purpose of this guidance document from CCSSO is to support states in selecting assessments that meet a high bar for quality. This guidance document suggests the evidence that states should review in order to make information judgments on the quality of assessments. Quality assessments “match...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 120
Date created: 11/05/2014 - 11:23

None of the Above: A New Approach to Testing and Assessment

This report by Educators 4 Excellence, a teacher-led organization that seeks to elevate the voices of teachers in policy discussions, presents recommendations for changes to the current systems of evaluating student performance in light of Common Core implementation. A group of 14 teachers worked...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 13:55

Common Core Goes to College: Building Better Connections between High School and Higher Education

In this report published by New America, Tepe describes the current landscape of higher education policies and practices that prevent clear alignment between colleges and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Tepe analyzed state and institution policies within higher education and examined the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 12
Date created: 10/15/2014 - 15:58

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts

This tool by Achieve allows districts leaders to inventory their assessments and assessment strategies from a student perspective.

Number of views: 143
Date created: 10/15/2014 - 15:46

Common Core State Standards Assessments: Challenges and Opportunities

Morgan Polikoff, an assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, examines the opportunities and challenges that educators face with assessments based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). There are potential benefits to the CCSS and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 10/10/2014 - 12:50

Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards Corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards

The Council of Chief State School Officers developed this framework to assist states with the work of developing or adapting English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards to align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the forthcoming Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The goal of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 123
Date created: 10/10/2014 - 12:37

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