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. 

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: 859
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: 36
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: 163
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: 113
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:44

Making the Grade: A 50-State Analysis of School Accountability Systems

This publication includes: an historical overview of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; a review of the requirements of the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act; a summary of the difference types of accountability systems used by states; and specific information about different state...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 60
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:42

Is NAEP Math Out of Step with the States?

The authors of this publication analyze the possibility that NAEP mathematics assessments may be misaligned to the shifting goals of mathematics education in the United States. Comparing NAEP mathematics standards to both Common Core and non-Common Core state mathematics standards, the authors...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 25
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:41

Evaluating Content Alignment in the Context of Computer-Adaptive Testing: Guidance for State Education Agencies

Evidence that a test and the content domain it is intended to measure are aligned is critical for supporting claims about the validity of inferences drawn from results and defending test use for a given purpose. Findings from an alignment evaluation provide the test developer and the test user with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 181
Date created: 06/16/2016 - 11:34

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