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. 

High School Graduation Requirements in a Time of College and Career Readiness

Ensuring that students graduate high school prepared for college and careers has become a national priority in the last decade. To support this goal, states have adopted rigorous college and career readiness (CCR) standards in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Additionally, states have...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 248
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:22

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

Make Assessment Work for All Students: Multiple Measures Matter

This is the third installment from NWEA of a study focused on stakeholder perceptions relative to K-12 assessment practices. This segment titled, Make Assessment Work for All Students: Multiple Measures Matter, provides opinions from various stakeholders through the examination of student, parent,...

Number of views: 67
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:19

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

What Are Teachers' and School Leaders' Major Concerns About New K–12 State Tests?

The implementation of new consortia-based tests (Smarter Balanced and PARCC) has created concern among both educators and school leaders about increased test difficulty, score accuracy, technology, and educator readiness to prepare students for the new assessments. In this brief report, the authors...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 33
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:48

Student Testing in America’s Great City Schools: An Inventory and Preliminary Analysis

With the support of their member districts, the Council of Great City Schools developed and administered a survey of assessment practices to 66 of their member districts in the Spring of 2014. The survey addressed all required assessments, including state summative assessments, mandatory formative...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 93
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:21

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: 109
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:03

Assessment Opt-Out Policies: State Responses to Parent Pushback

The authors of this Education Commission of the States resource report that some states have clear policies on students opting out of state tests, while other states have less clear policies and some states remain silent on this issue—one that has grown in recent years with implementation of new ...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 55
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:26

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