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. 

Creating a System for Data-Driven Decision-Making: Applying the Principal-Agent Framework

This study used principal-agent theory to inform understanding of how systems (districts) can promote data-driven decision making. The study is based on case studies in four urban school systems and focuses on elementary schools’ data use.  Study authors highlight three major study findings:  First...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 91
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 13:19

Productive Formative Assessment Always Requires Local District Preparation

This chapter makes the case for balanced assessment systems and argues that the productive use of assessment for formative and improvement purposes always requires local district action. The authors describe seven essential actions for local districts: Balance assessment systems, Continue to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 15
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 11:51

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making

The practice guide was developed by a panel of experts who synthesized available research with expert opinion to provide five recommendations essential for the effective use of data. The five recommendations are: Make data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement. Teach students to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 03/21/2017 - 18:01

Making the Most of Interim Assessment Data: Lessons from Philadelphia

This report shares the results of Research for Action’s (RFA) multimethod study of the use and impact of interim assessments in 10 low performing elementary schools in Philadelphia. Interim assessments were a central component of the district’s “Managed Instruction System” (MIS), which also...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 74
Date created: 03/21/2017 - 16:44

Interim Assessments: Keys to Successful Implementation

This brief is based on New Leaders for New Schools research and considers the potential and challenges of implementing interim assessments. The heart of the document is its list of 23 conditions the author considers important for successful implementation that will support student learning. These...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 68
Date created: 03/21/2017 - 16:25

Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning

"Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning" is an executive summary of the Stanford History Education Group's recent project to develop and validate assessments of students' ability to evaluate information they read online. The research included students in middle schools,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,461
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:36

Online Reading Comprehension Assessments

Online Reading Comprehension Assessments (ORCA) are tests of students' abilities to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information that they read online. Funded by a grant from the Institute for Education Sciences, the ORCA Project was a five-year research project to create, study, and...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,371
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:34

The New Literacies

"The New Literacies" is an article on the Reading Rockets website. The article describes the need to teach students specific strategies and skills for reading on the Internet, describes instructional models being studied by the New Literacies Research Lab at the University of Connecticut, and...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 30
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 15:59

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