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. 

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

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

State Accountability in the Transition to Common Core

This policy brief from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute presents advice on challenges to Common Core transitions. A research team from Fordham interviewed key policymakers and influentials in five states (Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and New York) to gather information on how the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 07/02/2014 - 11:17

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 New Foundation for Science Education: The Development of the Next Generation Science Standards

This brief is intended as an overview for policy leaders who need a concise summary of why and how the NGSS were developed, important ways in which they differ from current state standards, and considerations as they determine whether the NGSS will be adopted in their respective states.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 9
Date created: 10/17/2013 - 16:00

Reform Integration Framework and Resource Guide

This resource provides state and local education agencies with guidance in ways to help educators integrate college- and career-readiness standards, aligned assessments, and educator evaluation and support systems. The Reform Integration Framework helps state and local education leaders a process...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:27

Applying Universal Design to the Common Core

The topic for this segment of Bam! Radio (an all-education radio network that offers programming from top education organizations and leaders) is about Universal Design. Guest Dr. Katie Novak (Title I Director, ELL Director, and Reading coordinator in Chelmsford Public Schools) discusses teacher...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:11

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

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