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. 

Ohio Testing Report and Recommendations

In response to the Ohio Governor and General Assembly 2014 request, the Ohio Department of Education conducted a survey of the number of tests administered to students with the intended goal of reducing the amount of time that students spend on test taking and test preparation activities. The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:41

Testing Reform Victories 2015: Growing Grassroots Movement Rolls Back Testing Overkill

As its title suggests, the authors of this publication present information related to recent changes in state and district assessment policies. Those issues include: Graduation Test Policies  Test-Based Grade Retention Opting Out of Testing Public Opinion about Tests Tests for College Admissions;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:41

Testing Reduction Report

This report provides a number of recommendations to address important assessment issues in New York state. These issues include: test anxiety, assessment quality, and too much testing. The authors recommend the release of more test questions, greater use of adaptive testing, additional guidance to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:26

Better Tests, Fewer Barriers: Advances in Accessibility through PARCC and Smarter Balanced

As the title implies, this Center for American Progress publication provides an overview of the general movement toward increased accessibility for students with disabilities (SWDs) and English Language Learners (ELLs). The authors present statistics showing a substantial increase in the numbers of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 12:31

Measuring What Really Matters

In this Kappan article, the authors suggest that current assessment systems are largely "flawed" and that they should be improved through the addition of performance assessments. The article describes a brief history of the failed 1990s performance assessment movement and how many of those problems...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 21
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 12:28

Understanding Student Learning: The Need for Education Data

This informational resource provides an overview of the types of data that schools often collect as well as the purposes behind data use. The main topics are: What types of data do schools collect?  How do schools use student education data to help individual students?  Who needs education data?...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:52

Testing Trends: Considerations for Choosing and Using Assessments

As its title suggests, this ECS publication provides an overview of the current state trends in assessment. Among the topics covered are:

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 34
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:52

Considerations for State Leaders in the Design of School Accountability Systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) differs significantly from its predecessor, known as the No Child Left Behind Act. The new ESSA provides only a narrow timeline for states to adjust their accountability systems. This publication provides initial guidance for this adjustment...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 121
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:46

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