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. 

Gearing Up to Teach the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in Rural Northeast Region Schools

“Educators in the rural Northeast Region report challenges in implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). Using administrator interviews and teacher survey data from selected rural districts in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont, this report offers insight into...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 20
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:37

Using Student Growth Percentiles During the Assessment Transition: Technical, Practical and Political Implications

This paper highlights technical, practical, and policy considerations for using growth percentiles during the assessment transition (generally 2014 to 2015) period to support state accountability efforts, and it recommends analyses and guidelines to help inform decisions in light of these...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:32

Accountability for College and Career Readiness: Developing a New Paradigm

From the abstract: "As schools across the country prepare for new standards under the Common Core, states are moving toward creating more aligned systems of assessment and accountability. This report recommends an accountability approach that focuses on meaningful learning, enabled by...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:30

Teacher Learning Through Assessment: How Student-Performance Assessments Can Support Teacher Learning

From the summary: "As the internationally benchmarked Common Core State Standards, or CCSS, are adopted in states across the country, educators are seeking ways to support an increasingly diverse student population to meet these more demanding expectations. The likelihood that students will achieve...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:20

Formative Assessment: Guidance for Early Childhood Policymakers

From the website summary: "This report serves as a guide and framework to early childhood policymakers considering formative assessment, outlining issues for consideration in implementing formative assessment. This guide provides a practical roadmap for decision-makers by offering several key...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 18
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:19

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

A New Vision for Accountability

Student assessments face challenges of quality, cost, and appropriate use, writes scholar Linda Darling-Hammond. Written for school board members, this article is brief and to the point about ensuring and implementing the use of high-quality assessments (a topic covered in numerous publications by...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 35
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:10

The California K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative Launches

This resource announces the launching of the first national K–8 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Early Implementation Initiative, whereby eight school districts throughout California will be collaborating and participating in leadership training for teachers and administrators and in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 133
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:31

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