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. 

Assessment Tools in Informal Science

This searchable website, created by the PEAR Institute, provides assessment tools for informal science learning. This website allows practitioners, evaluators, researchers, and policy makers with the information to choose appropriate tools for assessing program quality and outcomes for children and...

Number of views: 131
Date created: 06/28/2017 - 18:09

Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning

"Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning" is an executive summary of the Stanford History Education Group's recent project to develop and validate assessments of students' ability to evaluate information they read online. The research included students in middle schools,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,292
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:36

Supporting Formative Assessment for Deeper Learning: A Primer for Policymakers

This primer argues that effective formative assessment is essential to successfully implementing new college- and career-ready standards. It explains what formative assessment is, how it works in practice, and why it is critically important in fostering powerful pedagogy and 21st-century...

Number of views: 102
Date created: 01/18/2017 - 11:20

A List of Non-Cognitive Assessment Instruments

From the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, this resource lists assessment instruments on "non-cognitive skills" for college-age students. As described in the resource, non-cognitive skills promote "students’ ability to think cogently about information, manage their time, get...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 5,202
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 00:35

SEL Assess Resources

The University of British Columbia (UBC), with the support of the Edith Lando Charitable Foundation, has created a "Social & Emotional Learning Resource Finder," a searchable collection of SEL resources for educators and adults who work with students. Within this site, there is a curated...

Number of views: 2,097
Date created: 01/02/2017 - 18:48

Overview of Major Assessment Types in Standards-Based Instruction

This overview is designed to help state education agencies, local education agencies, schools, educators, partner organizations, and other stakeholders understand the differences between major assessment types in standards-based instruction. Formative, Diagnostic, Interim/Benchmark, and Summative...

Number of views: 424
Date created: 11/02/2016 - 17:23

Testing College Readiness

Commissioned by the Massachusetts' Executive Office of Education, this study was designed by Mathematica to provide timely, rigorous evidence on how accurately two tests (MCAS and PARCC) assess college readiness.  Prior to its authorization, there was no reliable evidence that could demonstrate...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 26
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:15

19 Times Data Analysis Empowered Students and Schools: Which Students Succeed and Why?

Which Students Succeed and Why? This report answers this question by reviewing studies that used educational data to improve and address inequalities in the U.S. educational system. The studies included in this report show how the use of student data is important for students to reflect on their...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 32
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:11

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