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. 

Examining the Use of Language and Literacy Assessments With Young Dual Language Learners

As states and local agencies strive to serve the language and learning needs of dual language learners (DLLs), they may have difficulty since little is known about effective assessment practices for young DLLs. To gain accurate and useful information about DLLs, agencies must first have a procedure...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 60
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 15:35

Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments

The U. S. Department of Education issued this guidance "to provide State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, educators, and partner organizations with information to assist them in selecting and using 'evidence-based' activities, strategies, and interventions,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 53
Date created: 09/16/2016 - 12:13

Overview of Proposed Regulations: Assessment

This presentation covers the Title I, Part A and Part B requirements regarding assessment under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Included is information for states considering implementation of innovative approaches to assessment, including the requirements for new models and the timeline for...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 22
Date created: 09/02/2016 - 16:28

Item Writing Guides and Item Exemplars (ELA & Math)

CSAI has developed two resources to support educators interested in deepening their knowledge of assessment design and assessment literacy. These two resources, specific to English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, are designed to enhance educators' ability to recognize and create high-quality...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 800
Date created: 07/26/2016 - 17:42

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: 35
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:52

What Matters for Student Achievement: Updating Coleman on the influence of families and schools

This resource, which includes an article with an accompanying podcast interview with the author, is part of an Education Next series commemorating the 50th anniversary of James S. Coleman’s groundbreaking report, “Equality of Educational Opportunity,” which profiled Black and White student...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:50

Assessment Literacy Defined

In 2016, the National Task Force on Assessment Education for Teachers met and created this publication to promote "deeper understanding of sound assessment practice throughout the fabric of American education." Their intended audiences include teachers, students, parents, policymakers, communities...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 146
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:46

Assessment Literacy Standards: A National Imperative

The purpose of this publication is to increase assessment literacy for policymakers, district and school administrators, teachers, and students. To do so, the authors have created assessment literacy standards for each stakeholder group. Emphasis is on maximizing assessment benefits, reducing ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 99
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:44

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