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. 

Text Complexity in the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System

This paper presents the research-based decisions that determine text complexity within the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System (DLM). In this paper, factors related to text complexity found in college and career readiness standards (and in particular the Common Core State Standards)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:05

Council of State Science Supervisors: Large-Scale Assessment Discussions

The Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) is a professional organization made up of science education specialists from states and territories of the United States. The organization provides science education resources, including resources related to assessment and, more specifically,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 74
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:35

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Interactive Computer Tasks (ICTs)

In 2009, NAEP administered two types of innovative science assessments: Hands-on Tasks (HOTs) and Interactive Computer Tasks (ICTs). The released tasks include samples of innovative item types and innovative evidence types to demonstrate how hard-to-measure constructs, similar to what are called...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 193
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:39

Next Generation Science Assessment Project

The Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) team is developing technology-enhanced assessment tasks, rubrics, and accompanying instructional resources in physical science and life science for middle school classrooms. The project aims to create exemplary tasks that can be used during instruction...

Number of views: 1,178
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:50

Overview of the Common Core State Standards Initiatives for ELLs

The purpose of this brief from TESOL is to provide an overview of the policies behind the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. The paper outlines some initiatives that are in place (as of the time of publication) to address the needs of English language learners (...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 79
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 12:55

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

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

Introduction to Smarter Balanced Item and Performance Task Development Procedure

The following presentation introduces educators to commonly used terms and concepts that are part of the development of items and performance tasks. In the presentation, educators will: be introduced to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium; learn more about the Common Core State Standards and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 157
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 12:21

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