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. 

Testing Overload in America’s Schools

The goals of this study were to obtain a better understanding of how much time students spend taking tests and to identify the degree to which the tests are mandated by districts or states. The study focused on 14 urban and suburban districts in seven states during the 2013-14 school year....

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 92
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 14:02

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

The Case Against Exit Exams

In 2014 states will launch more rigorous, college- and career-ready assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. As they do so, “they should revisit the stakes on these tests for students and consider eliminating, or modifying, their exit exam policies,” writes Anne Hyslop, author of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 13:54

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: 147
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

Common Core State Standards and Implications for Special Populations

This policy brief explores the potential impact of the implementation of Common Core State Standards on students with disabilities, Native American students, and English language learners, and gives examples of implementation targeting these populations, followed by recommendations and questions...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 201
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 09:55

Common Core Implementation Best Practices: Testimony Before the New York State Office of the Governor Common Core Implementation Panel

In this testimony before the New York State Office of the Governor Common Core Implementation Panel, Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, outlines four areas that she believes the state’s leaders must tackle in order to make translation from the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 22
Date created: 10/03/2014 - 12:40

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