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. 

Answering the Questions That Count

In this brief Educational Leadership article, the authors draw from their personal experiences to illustrate the value of answering essential questions prior to data collection. They examine three components of systematic data use: data quality, data capacity, and data culture. Each component is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 78
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:51

Assessment in Elementary and Secondary Education: A Primer

The following is a summary of this publication from the Congressional Research Service. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 101
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:50

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

Lessons Learned About Instruction from Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in College and Career Ready Assessments

The brief was prepared in response to the challenges students with disabilities have experienced with the new assessments. Designed to offer information coupled with these challenges, Margaret Heritage and Sheryl Lazarus provide instructional solutions and resources that state education agencies (...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 132
Date created: 01/26/2016 - 14:51

Illinois Assessment Literacy Training Module

This website contains a 39-page guide, Guiding Principles for Classroom Assessment, that discusses assessment design, preparation, analysis, and quality (reliability, validity, cultural diversity, and fairness). A 4.5-minute webinar, Introduction to Balanced Assessment, gives an overview of a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 224
Date created: 12/22/2015 - 14:10

Assistive Technologies for Computer-Based Assessments

From the author: "This essay discusses the impact of technology on education and educational assessment, which is even more profound for test takers with disabilities and special needs."

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:03

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts: Guidance for School Districts

From the publisher: "The purpose of this document is to provide guidance and key questions to assist district and community leaders—superintendents, assessment and curriculum leads, teacher leaders, school board members, and local advocates—in ensuring that their district’s assessment inventory...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 77
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:02

Items in Action: Implementing Items in the Classroom - One State’s Perspective (NCSC Writing AA-AAS)

This resource describes Arizona's efforts to change educators' writing expectations and assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities (SWSCD). It describes an initial pilot study and successful expansion of teacher expectations and understanding of writing for their...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 17:50

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