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. 

Closing the Expectations Gap: 2014 Annual Report on the Alignment of State K-12 Policies and Practice with the Demands of College and Careers

This is Achieve’s ninth annual Closing the Achievement Gap report, which details states’ progress in adopting and implementing a coherent set of policies that will prepare all students from grades K-12 for college and careers.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 36
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:18

Making Career Readiness Count

The purpose of this brief is to ensure that the “career” in states’ college- and career-ready standards is not an afterthought but features prominently in states’ accountability and public reporting systems. The brief examines how states are currently using career-focused indicators in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:24

Raising the Bar: Implementing Common Core State Standards for Latino Student Success

The purpose of this implementation guide is to inform state education leaders on key elements and questions that will help them build effective strategies to ensure educational success for Latino and English language learner (ELL) children and families. The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 37
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:26

Capacity Enablers and Barriers for Learning Analytics: Implications for Policy and Practice

Learning analytics, as defined in this report, is “the measurement, collection, analysis, and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.” This report describes learning analytics initiatives...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 32
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:29

Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards

This resource is based on the vision and principles of the Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, addressing NGSS-based assessment development practices. The three-dimensional science design and vision in the NGSS require new approaches for science...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,160
Date created: 02/28/2015 - 19:51

NGSS Sample Classroom Assessments Tasks

This resource offers a collection of sample classroom tasks blending content, practices, and concepts from both the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Teachers across the disciplines collaborated to write tasks, which reflect a vision of integrating science, engineering, and...

Number of views: 4,935
Date created: 02/28/2015 - 20:54

The California K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative Launches

This resource announces the launching of the first national K–8 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Early Implementation Initiative, whereby eight school districts throughout California will be collaborating and participating in leadership training for teachers and administrators and in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 130
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:31

A New Vision for Accountability

Student assessments face challenges of quality, cost, and appropriate use, writes scholar Linda Darling-Hammond. Written for school board members, this article is brief and to the point about ensuring and implementing the use of high-quality assessments (a topic covered in numerous publications by...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 35
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:10

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