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. 

Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments

The U. S. Department of Education issued this guidance "to provide State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, educators, and partner organizations with information to assist them in selecting and using 'evidence-based' activities, strategies, and interventions,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 68
Date created: 09/16/2016 - 12:13

Making the Grade: A 50-State Analysis of School Accountability Systems

This publication includes: an historical overview of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; a review of the requirements of the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act; a summary of the difference types of accountability systems used by states; and specific information about different state...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 60
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:42

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

Answering the Questions That Count

In this brief Educational Leadership article, the authors draw from their personal experiences to illustrate the value of answering essential questions prior to data collection. They examine three components of systematic data use: data quality, data capacity, and data culture. Each component is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 80
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:51

No Schools Left Behind

In this eight-page article, the author describes and illustrates a specific process for using different types of data to improve student outcomes, including achievement. She defines and illustrates four types of data that schools should gather, including demographics, student learning, perception,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 40
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:48

Results of President Obama’s Race to the Top

From the Publisher: "This study examines the effects of Obama’s Race to the Top [funding initiative] on education policymaking around the country. The overall findings . . . indicate that Race to the Top had a meaningful impact on the production of education policy across the United States. In its ...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 129
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:03

Implementing Competency Education in K–12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

This paper seeks to map out the terrain of the district implementation strategies being used to convert traditional systems into personalized, competency-based ones.  It aspires to prepare readers to begin a transformational process. Four stages of implementation are proposed in the paper:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:13

The Need to Use Evidence in School-Based K–12 Improvement Efforts

In this brief paper, the author suggests that "to empower teachers to use data effectively, schools and districts need to engage in the systematic collection and analysis of evidence as part of an ongoing school improvement cycle." Based on research and practice, she identifies and explains "four...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 76
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:01

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