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. 

What Are Teachers' and School Leaders' Major Concerns About New K–12 State Tests?

The implementation of new consortia-based tests (Smarter Balanced and PARCC) has created concern among both educators and school leaders about increased test difficulty, score accuracy, technology, and educator readiness to prepare students for the new assessments. In this brief report, the authors...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 37
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:48

Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards, Aligned Assessments and Related Reforms: Cross-State Findings

The Southern Regional Education Board conducted a multi-year study of how 14 states are implementing college- and career-ready standards. This report is part of a series for the "Benchmarking State Implementation of Common Core Standards" project.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 92
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:43

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: 19
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:26

State Implementation of Common Core State Standards: Timeline and Approach to Standards and Assessments

The Southern Regional Education Board is conducting a multi-year study of how 14 states are implementing the Common Core State Standards. The topic of this report (one of the six benchmarking reports on CCSS implementation progress in 14 states) is Timeline and Approach to Standards and Assessments...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 28
Date created: 09/18/2014 - 11:38

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: 25
Date created: 06/09/2014 - 12:03

Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: State Education Agencies’ Views on the Federal Role

This report discusses how state education agencies view the federal role in assisting them with CCSS implementation and how a reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) could be shaped to better support state implementation efforts. Most responding state education officials did not...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 27
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:54

Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Overview of States’ Progress and Challenges

This report provides an overview of state efforts to implement the Common Core. It discusses state views of the rigor of the CCSS, their impact on learning, and necessary changes in curriculum and instruction; state timelines for teaching curricula aligned to the CCSS; state activities to implement...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 8
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:50

California Common Core State Standards English Language Arts & Literacy

The CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy are intended to build on the rigor of the state’s previous English language arts standards, incorporating current research and input from other educational sources—including state departments of education, scholars, professional organizations, teachers and other...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 15
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:47

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