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. 

Dear Colleague Letter on the Transition to ESSA - December 18, 2015

This guidance letter provides information on the authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In this letter, the U.S. Department of Education discusses:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 49
Date created: 02/08/2016 - 16:25

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: 122
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:46

Subpart A—Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies: Standards and Assessments

The U.S. Department of Education provides an overview of regulations regarding states' academic standards and assessments. Contained within are states' responsibilities for the development of challenging academic standards and high-quality assessments, as well as stipulations for state assessment...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 11:56

Assessment Overview and Framework

This overview document outlines the six key assessment issues that the negotiated rulemaking committee members will discuss at the session. For each issue, the U.S. Department of Education has created an issue paper that includes statutory requirements, background information, and questions that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 12:34

Issue Paper 1: Computer-Adaptive Tests

This issue paper describes computer-adaptive tests (CATs) and their potential uses, as well as concerns associated with CAT use. Included is draft regulatory language and CAT use questions that will be discussed by the negotiated rulemaking committee.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 12:50

Issue Paper 2: The Exception for Advanced Mathematics Assessments in 8th Grade

This issue paper discusses potential flexibility for the mathematics assessment students take in grade 8. Under ESSA, students in grade 8 who are enrolled in an advanced mathematics course will have the option to take the corresponding end-of-course assessment, rather than the statewide grade 8...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 31
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 12:59

Issue Paper 3: Locally Selected, Nationally Recognized High School Assesments

This issue paper discusses the flexibility ESSA provides in regards to statewide high school assessment. School districts will have the option to administer a "locally selected," "nationally recognized" high school assessment, provided the assessment has been approved by the state and peer review....

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 24
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 13:15

Issue Paper 4a: Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Academic Assessments

This issue paper describes a new requirement under ESSA stipulating that all assessments be developed with principles of universal design for learning, as allowable. The requirement for accommodations that facilitate student access to high-quality assessments is also reiterated. Included are...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 13:22