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 State Assessment in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – Frequently Asked Questions

This resource provides an overview of high school assessment requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including information on the different assessment options that states have under ESSA.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 47
Date created: 06/22/2017 - 11:38

Evidence-Based Improvement: A Guide for States to Strengthen Their Frameworks and Supports Aligned to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA

To support states and local districts in selecting and implementing evidence-based improvement strategies, WestEd researchers have published a set of tools for this work. These tools provide guidance for examining state and local evidence-based decisions, with tools designed specifically for states...

Number of views: 40
Date created: 01/17/2017 - 15:21

Overview of Major Assessment Types in Standards-Based Instruction

This overview is designed to help state education agencies, local education agencies, schools, educators, partner organizations, and other stakeholders understand the differences between major assessment types in standards-based instruction. Formative, Diagnostic, Interim/Benchmark, and Summative...

Number of views: 435
Date created: 11/02/2016 - 17:23

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: 56
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:42

Is NAEP Math Out of Step with the States?

The authors of this publication analyze the possibility that NAEP mathematics assessments may be misaligned to the shifting goals of mathematics education in the United States. Comparing NAEP mathematics standards to both Common Core and non-Common Core state mathematics standards, the authors...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 25
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:41

19 Times Data Analysis Empowered Students and Schools: Which Students Succeed and Why?

Which Students Succeed and Why? This report answers this question by reviewing studies that used educational data to improve and address inequalities in the U.S. educational system. The studies included in this report show how the use of student data is important for students to reflect on their...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 32
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:11

When Does Accountability Work?

In this study, the authors studied long-term effects of high-stakes testing in Texas, comparing high school student performance to college enrollment, college completion rates, and adult earnings. More specifically, they analyzed student outcomes between two types of schools: lower performing...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 30
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:09

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

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