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. 

Leaping the College-Ready Gap: What Can Be Learned from Schools That Focus on Deeper Learning

This guidance document identifies, eight public schools that focus on Deeper Learning strategies in implementing practices to ensure that students are college ready. It provides a brief overview of all the identified schools and profiles one in further detail, describing school activities that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 36
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:52

Knowing the Score: The Who, What, and Why of Testing

This brief provides information about K–12 testing with the goal of helping parents, educators, policymakers, and others make decisions about testing policies in their community and state. Background information is provided, as well as answers to common questions about K–12 testing, including the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

The 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform

This online report provides findings from the ninth annual Education Next survey, administered in May and June 2015. The survey was given to a nationally representative sample of some 4,000 respondents, including oversamples of roughly 700 teachers, 700 African Americans, and 700 Hispanics. The...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 29
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:20

Results of President Obama’s Race to the Top

From the Publisher: "This study examines the effects of Obama’s Race to the Top [funding initiative] on education policymaking around the country. The overall findings . . . indicate that Race to the Top had a meaningful impact on the production of education policy across the United States. In its ...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 129
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:03

In Effort to Fix Tribal Schools, Feds Face Doubts

This 2015 Education Week articles summarizes many of the challenges facing federal plans to "turn more control of Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools to tribes." American Indian students attending BIE schools remain some of the lowest-performing in the country; consequently the proposal to...

Number of views: 19
Date created: 08/31/2015 - 16:23

The Role of Strategic Communications in the Transition to New Academic Standards and Assessments: Case Studies of Tennessee and Kentucky

This case study examines how the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the state of Tennessee managed communications in the transition to more rigorous standards. The authors present eight important lessons including: proactive communication; coordinated communication; educator engagement; simple messages;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:11

Next-Generation Accountability Systems: An Overview of Current State Policies and Practices

This report describes next-generation accountability concepts that states have either designed or implemented. Many concepts are derived through ESEA flexibility waivers that exempted states from many of the accountability requirements of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, the current iteration of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 49
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:58

In Native Schools, Hope and Fears about New Nationwide Standards

The gap between how Native American students and white students perform academically is the widest in the country based on test scores, graduation rates and college enrollments. This article explores the potential impact of the Common Core state standards on Native American students and schools,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 10
Date created: 12/26/2014 - 09:13

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