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. 

Testing More, Teaching Less: What America’s Obsession with Student Testing Costs in Money and Lost Instructional Time

For this study by the AFT, assessment inventories and testing calendars from two medium-size urban school districts were reviewed. A two-district analysis was utilized to identify recognition and a variety of assessment practices. The study used a detailed researched-based rubric for estimating...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 250
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:20

Constant Perimeter, Varying Area: A Case Study of Teaching and Learning Mathematics to Design a Fish Rack

This paper describes Math in a Cultural Context: Lessons Learned from Yup’ik Eskimo Elders (MCC modules), a series of modules designed to supplement K–6 mathematics curriculum. The MCC modules are meant to connect mathematics with Yup’ik culture and knowledge in a way that is consistent with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 61
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:20

The Assessment Transition Communications Toolkit

This toolkit is one of two developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to help state and school districts communicate testing information before, during, and after the assessment window this spring. This toolkit is for states transitioning to a new assessment this year.

Number of views: 40
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:16

Second Year of Assessments Communications Toolkit

The Council of Chief State School Officers developed this toolkit to help states and school districts communicate before, during, and after the 2016 assessment testing window. This toolkit includes a broad number of adaptable communications resources ranging from talking points to a parent letter....

Number of views: 38
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:09

Achievement Level Setting

In this these two resources, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium describes the process it used to engage with the public as it sought to create achievement levels. Over the course of several weeks, teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, community and business leaders, parents,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 04/25/2016 - 13:36

Achievement Level Descriptors Glossary

The Smarter Balanced glossary includes definitions of key terms used throughout the ELA/literacy and mathematics Achievement Level Descriptor (ALDs). The brief document also includes references to documents like the CCSS apendices, when applicable, to provide users with additional information about...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 42
Date created: 04/21/2016 - 18:31

Achievement Level Descriptors

The Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) describe four levels of achievement (1-4) across three grade spans: 3-5, 6-8, and High School. The descriptors are organized in two tables, one for English language arts/literacy and the other for mathematics. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,603
Date created: 04/21/2016 - 18:22

Guidance on the Approved Regulatory Amendments to APPR to Help Reduce Local Testing

"Teaching, not testing, is the core of the Regents Reform Agenda." In response to stakeholder concerns on testing time and preparation, this memorandum details the ways that the State of New York has addressed the amount of testing and provides two considerations for districts to reduce the number...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:38

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