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. 

How Much Testing Is Taking Place in North Carolina Schools at Grades K-12? An Analysis of Federal, State, and Local Required Assessments

This analysis of federal, state and locally required assessments provide insight into four research questions focused on: How many assessments are administered to students per year?, How much time do students spend in assessments per year?, What is the purpose of the assessments?, and, How can the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 47
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:30

Assessment Review Tool

From the publishers:  "The [Rhode Island Assessment Review] tool provides a framework for educators to use when evaluating an assessment for a given purpose, particularly whether or not an assessment is appropriate as evidence for a Student Learning Objective. It can be used to review commercially...

Number of views: 130
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:26

Testing Action Plan: State and District Profiles

This website page summarizes actions that several states and school districts have taken in order to reduce their amounts of testing, thereby increasing instructional time. In general, those actions include a review of the numbers and estimated time to take tests in a specific state or district,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 79
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:10

The College and Career Readiness of U.S. High School Graduates

From the introduction: "For more than a decade, Achieve has issued an annual 50-state report on each state’s adoption of college- and career-ready (CCR) policies as reflected in state standards, graduation requirements, assessments, and accountability systems. Having the right policies is, of...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 21
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:08

Addressing Overtesting: The Student Assessment Inventory in Action

This guidance document provides insight into targeted support to districts and support organizations in Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, and Tennessee that utilized an inventory tool and process developed by Achieve. Participating districts received recommendations and took action to streamline...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 43
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 12:30

The Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force (HB14-1202): Report of Findings and Recommendations

In 2014, the Colorado General Assembly created the Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force to study Colorado’s state and local assessment systems. A key goal was to reduce the testing burden on school districts and schools, as well as to address technology assessment needs and costs. Although...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 42
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:42

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: 38
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

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