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. 

Opt Out: An Examination of Issues

During the past few years, media reports have highlighted an increase in the number of parents who are opting their children out of annual state tests, often called the opt-out movement. In this paper, researcher Randy Bennett examines issues related to the movement including: the amount of time...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 61
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:07

Summary: Proposed Regulations on Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting under ESSA

As a complement to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting, the U.S. Department of Education has released a summary of the proposed regulations. The summary provides an overview of regulations regarding: statewide accountability systems, support for low-...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 54
Date created: 05/26/2016 - 16:05

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting

The U.S. Department of Education has written regulations to provide clarity and support to state education agencies (SEA) and local education agencies (LEA) with regards to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Included in this document are regulations for establishing requirements for:...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 22
Date created: 05/26/2016 - 15:52

Proposed ESSA Regulation Supports Well-Rounded Education, Protects All Students (Press Release)

On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education published a press release about proposed regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 20
Date created: 05/26/2016 - 15:35

The Assessment Transition Communications Toolkit

This toolkit is one of two developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to help state and school districts communicate testing information before, during, and after the assessment window this spring. This toolkit is for states transitioning to a new assessment this year.

Number of views: 40
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:16

Second Year of Assessments Communications Toolkit

The Council of Chief State School Officers developed this toolkit to help states and school districts communicate before, during, and after the 2016 assessment testing window. This toolkit includes a broad number of adaptable communications resources ranging from talking points to a parent letter....

Number of views: 38
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:09

Testing Action Plan: State and District Profiles

In this resource, the U.S. Department of Education identifies and describes states and districts that have implemented promising practices aligned with the Testing Action Plan's intent to improve testing systems.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 16
Date created: 04/15/2016 - 10:57

Obama Administration Takes Action to Ensure Fewer and Better Tests for Students (Press Release)

This U.S. Department of Education (USED) press release describes further information and resources to support the Testing Action Plan. This resource provides a series of case studies that include examples of how states and districts are working to ensure fewer, better, and fairer assessments. In...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 16
Date created: 04/15/2016 - 10:49

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