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. 

Principles and Characteristics of Inclusive Assessment Systems in a Changing Assessment Landscape

"This document is the fourth in a series of Principles documents produced by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). NCEO revisited and revised its 2008 Principles for inclusive assessment systems to respond to the many changes in the current educational assessment context. The revised...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 138
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 12:57

Supporting the Implementation of NGSS through Research: Assessment

From the authors: "The NGSS [Next Generation Science Standards] identify three dimensions essential for providing students with a quality science education: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts across domains of science, and disciplinary core ideas.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 117
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:17

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: 112
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:50

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts: Considerations for Special Education Assessment Systems

From the Introduction: "This paper was developed to provide guidance and recommendations about how to include special education in a comprehensive assessment system and avoid concerns about too much testing for students with disabilities who receive special education services. First, it provides a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 92
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 17:45

Accessibility Resources and Brochures

This webpage provides educators a wealth of information on the PARCC assessments' accessibility features and accommodations manual. Included on the webpage is a link to the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual (6th edition), a comprehensive policy document that provides guidance...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 52
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 21:43

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations System

This web-based module is an interactive learning tool for educators to learn about PARCC's accessibility system. Topics in the module include: Introduction to PARCC Training Modules Accessibility Features and Accommodations Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) Make-Up Testing/ Undo...

Number of views: 49
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 21:52

Testing Reduction Report

This report provides a number of recommendations to address important assessment issues in New York state. These issues include: test anxiety, assessment quality, and too much testing. The authors recommend the release of more test questions, greater use of adaptive testing, additional guidance to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 46
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:26

Better Tests, Fewer Barriers: Advances in Accessibility through PARCC and Smarter Balanced

As the title implies, this Center for American Progress publication provides an overview of the general movement toward increased accessibility for students with disabilities (SWDs) and English Language Learners (ELLs). The authors present statistics showing a substantial increase in the numbers of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 45
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 12:31

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