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. 

English Learner Tool Kit for State and Local Education Agencies (SEAs and LEAs)

This toolkit was released in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) and the U.S.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 147
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:48

Better Tests, Fewer Barriers: Advances in Accessibility through PARCC and Smarter Balanced

As the title implies, this Center for American Progress publication provides an overview of the general movement toward increased accessibility for students with disabilities (SWDs) and English Language Learners (ELLs). The authors present statistics showing a substantial increase in the numbers of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 12:31

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: 49
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

The Hidden Value of Curriculum Reform: Do States and Districts Receive the Most Bang for Their Curriculum Buck?

This report examines both the quality and costs of curriculum materials to help schools increase student performance while improving return on investment (ROI).

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 34
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:10

Next Generation Science Standards: Considerations for Curricula, Assessments, Preparation, and Implementation

From the authors: "Many states’ science standards are based on guidance documents created by the National Research Council in 1996 that do not reflect the scientific advances and educational research findings that have since occurred. Among options for policymakers to consider to update existing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 103
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:15

College- and Career-Ready Standards

The U.S. Department of Education website provides an overview of what standards are and why college- and career-ready standards are important, as well as clarification regarding the role of the U.S. Department of Education in state standards and assessment. The resource emphasizes that standards...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 34
Date created: 09/04/2015 - 12:59

Setting the Bar for High-Ability Students

The authors of this article suggest that "because the Common Core State Standards are benchmarks for all students, they are by definition insufficient for high-ability students. To meet the needs of high-ability students, teachers need professional development that includes strategies to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 08/19/2015 - 16:54

Common Core and America's High-Achieving Students

From the author: "While the merit and politics of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been much debated and discussed, one topic has been virtually ignored: What do the standards portend for America’s high-ability students? This brief addresses that question and provides guidance for CCSS-...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 72
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:25

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