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. 

Strategies for Communicating Results: Using the Change to Common Core Linked Assessments

From the Producer: "In this online webinar, REL Mid-Atlantic, Division H of the American Educational Research Association, and REL Northwest teamed up for a presentation and discussion of strategies that states and districts can use to communicate with the public about the new assessments linked to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 54
Date created: 07/10/2015 - 09:24

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

Independent Reviews of Instructional Materials

These reports were created as a resource for teachers, parents, state and district officials, and others with an interest in identifying Common Core–aligned instructional materials.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 117
Date created: 06/03/2015 - 18:02

Re-Imagining Accountability in K-12 Education: A Behavioral Science Perspective

From the Abstract: "This paper notes that accountability in schools is of particular attention now, as Congress considers changes in policy and re-authorization of NCLB.  The authors argue that the policy debate can be informed by literature from behavioral science on accountability (Lerner &...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 20
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 16:04

Teacher Leadership: The Pathway to Common Core Success

This report, by the Center for American Progress, focuses on collaborative approaches to address the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The report describes districts throughout the country that have taken approaches between management and unions to ensure that teachers have...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 12
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 16:02

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: 50
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:58

Ready for College and Career? Achieving the Common Core Standards and Beyond Through Deeper, Student-Centered Learning

From the publishers: "This report finds that a range of cross-cutting skills like communication, innovation and self-regulation are crucial to student success. Student-centered approaches to learning can equip students with a range of skills necessary to succeed in the Common Core, college, and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:53

Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions: The Innovation Lab Network State Framework for College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness, and Implications for State Policy

From the publishers: "Stemming from the collective work of ILN (ten Innovation Lab Network) states, this white paper communicates the shared framework and definitional elements of CCCR (College, Career and Citizenship Readiness) accepted by ILN chief state school officers in June 2012.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 54
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 14:21

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