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. 

Re-Balancing Assessment: Placing Formative and Performance Assessment at the Heart of Learning and Accountability

From the overview: "we call for replacing our current, unbalanced formula of summative assessments and external pressure with a new, more balanced formula for assessment and accountability centered around curriculum-embedded performance assessments or CEPAs—classroom-based instructional units that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 75
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:33

Guide to Evaluating Assessments Using the CCSSO Criteria for High Quality Assessments: Focus on Test Content

Because the results from state assessments are often used for high stakes purposes, it is important that the assessments themselves are of high quality. In this publication, the authors propose a methodology for evaluating state assessments for summative purposes. They describe their methodology...

Number of views: 111
Date created: 02/24/2016 - 17:23

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

Use of Data at the Local Level: From Accountability to Instructional Improvement

This report builds on a picture provided from previous reports of local practices in implementing data-driven decision making. It presents data from a national district survey as well as from site visits conducted during 2007–08 at 36 schools in 12 districts. Key findings from surveys and site...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 62
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:55

Statement from the Working Group on ELL Policy Re: Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

The Working Group on ELL Policy consists of experts who research effective educational policy and strategies for ELL students. The Working Group advocates four guiding principles for the inclusion of ELLs in federal legislation that affect state and local agencies:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 155
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:54

Proficient vs. Prepared 2016: State Test Results are Getting Closer to Student Achievement on NAEP

This report updates Achieve's first Proficient vs. Prepared report (published in 2015; see Related Resources below), which found large differences between most state test results and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results. This year's reporting shows the same - with states...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 24
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:53

Quality Counts 2016: Report and Rankings

This is the 20th edition of Education Week's Quality Counts report - Called to Account: New Directions in School Accountability - which focuses on how new state and federal policies have transformed assessment and accountability for schools. Quality Counts includes reports and articles written by...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 146
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:52

How Does Data Management Impact Practitioner Decision Making?: Illustrations from Three Case Studies

In this 28-page publication, the authors present a general model for data collection and analysis that had been implemented into a number of charter schools. The first step is to collect data that are complete, valid, and reliable. The second step is to develop descriptive tools to use the data,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 37
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:52

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