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. 

Assessment and Accountability Presentation

CSAI Co-Director Deb Sigman and Associate Director Joan Herman presented at the West Comprehensive Center on the implications of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on state assessment and accountability systems. This information can help RCCs and SEAs address assessment, accountability, and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 445
Date created: 03/29/2016 - 11:56

Overview of Major Assessment Types in Standards-Based Instruction

This overview is designed to help state education agencies, local education agencies, schools, educators, partner organizations, and other stakeholders understand the differences between major assessment types in standards-based instruction. Formative, Diagnostic, Interim/Benchmark, and Summative...

Number of views: 442
Date created: 11/02/2016 - 17:23

Mathematics Tutorial on Using the Equation Response Editor Tool

Students participating in the Smarter Balanced Assessment system are required to respond to mathematical items using the Equation Response Editor. This resource is a tutorial designed to provide users with a guided experience of the Equation Response Editor tool in preparation for assessment. The...

Number of views: 428
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 10:02

Understanding Formative Assessment: Insights from Learning Theory and Measurement Theory

From the website summary: "Formative assessment is intended to yield real-time information about if and how students are learning—and what might be impeding their progress. Insights gained from this ongoing classroom assessment process can help teachers shape instruction and guide student efforts...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 427
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:18

Performance Assessment Resource Bank

Performance assessments require students to construct an original response rather than bubbling or filling in a correct answer. This website provides teachers, leaders, and policymakers with high-quality, expert-reviewed performance tasks, tools, and resources aligned to college and career ready...

Number of views: 416
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:07

Content Specifications for the Summative Assessment of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (Revised Draft)

This resource describes the claims about student learning in mathematics that were derived from the Common Core State Standards and how they have been used to guide Smarter Balanced's design of a system of summative and interim assessments. The document includes detailed rationales and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 416
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 15:25

Appendix B: Grade Level Tables for All Claims and Assessment Targets and Item Types

These tables lay out assessment targets that comprise each of the four claims Smarter Balanced summative assessment is being designed to evaluate:  

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 413
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 13:49

The Mathematics Common Core Toolbox

This toolbox is meant to support districts in their implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Dana Center believes the new standards provide an opportunity for districts to move their students to higher levels of achievement. However, they also recognize the challenges districts...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 394
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:31

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