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. 

Research Brief: Designing an Assessment System that Measures Three-Dimensional Science Learning

From the publishers: "Many districts and states need an assessment system that aligns with the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education and NGSS to determine whether students are developing proficiency in science and whether students have adequate opportunities for “three- dimensional” science...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 40
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:01

Assessments for Deeper Learning: What's Next and What Will They Cost

From the publisher: "Successfully bringing deeper learning to scale will require a new generation of assessments that can measure higher-order thinking as well as real world skills. This article looks at where we’re at in the development of such assessments, and how much they are likely to cost."

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 16
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 12:59

Bias and Sensitivity Review Training Module

This presentation from Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium provides:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 407
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 12:57

Accessibility Review Training Module

This presentation from Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is focused on the accessibility review of items and performance tasks used in assessment. It provides:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 86
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 12:43

Framework Documents and Guidelines

Accessibility is at the core of the Smarter Balanced assessment system. The assessment system includes a variety of tools, designated supports, and accommodations that make assessment items and tasks accessible to all students, including those with disabilities and English language learners....

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 113
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 12:16

Universal Design, Accessibility, Bias, and Sensitivity Considerations

Assessment items and tasks are designed to accurately evaluate students' knowledge, skills, and abilities. The Smarter Balanced system of assessment has considered universal design, accessibility, bias, and sensitivity throughout the process of developing assessment items and tasks. In this...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 388
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 10:59

Mathematics Sample Questions

The Math sample questions are designed to support educators implementing the CCSS and prepare for assessments. The sample items can be used to support instructional planning as they provide educators with examples of the depth of understanding that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced...

Number of views: 30
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 10:17

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: 439
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 10:02