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. 

CSAI Presentations at NCSA 2018

At the Council of Chief State School Officer's (CCSSO) 2018 National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA), CSAI Senior Advisor Deborah Sigman, Assistant Director Bryan Hemberg, and Content Experts Joanne Jensen, Kevin King, and Cinda Parton presented on topics related to assessment and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 249
Date created: 08/06/2018 - 16:21

Next Generation Science Standards: Considerations for Curricula, Assessments, Preparation, and Implementation

From the authors: "Many states’ science standards are based on guidance documents created by the National Research Council in 1996 that do not reflect the scientific advances and educational research findings that have since occurred. Among options for policymakers to consider to update existing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 103
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:15

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: 139
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:03

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

New Science Standards: A Readiness Assessment for State Boards of Education

From the Publisher: "This document consists of a self-assessment matrix—a Standards Readiness Assessment—as well as guidance and explanations that SBE (state board of education) members can use interactively to help determine their state’s overall readiness to adopt and implement science standards...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 11
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 16:00

The California K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative Launches

This resource announces the launching of the first national K–8 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Early Implementation Initiative, whereby eight school districts throughout California will be collaborating and participating in leadership training for teachers and administrators and in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 135
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:31

Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards

This resource is based on the vision and principles of the Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, addressing NGSS-based assessment development practices. The three-dimensional science design and vision in the NGSS require new approaches for science...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,315
Date created: 02/28/2015 - 19:51

Overview of the Common Core State Standards Initiatives for ELLs

The purpose of this brief from TESOL is to provide an overview of the policies behind the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. The paper outlines some initiatives that are in place (as of the time of publication) to address the needs of English language learners (...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 81
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 12:55

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