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. 

Guidance on the Approved Regulatory Amendments to APPR to Help Reduce Local Testing

"Teaching, not testing, is the core of the Regents Reform Agenda." In response to stakeholder concerns on testing time and preparation, this memorandum details the ways that the State of New York has addressed the amount of testing and provides two considerations for districts to reduce the number...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 67
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:38

Teaching is the Core: District Assessment Review

Cortland School District's Assessment Project worked to streamline the number of assessments students take and to ensure that assessments provide feedback about achievement of specific standards-based learning goals. The Assessment Project occurred in two phases.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 35
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:35

Illinois State Board of Education Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts

The Illinois State Board of Education, with permission from Achieve, has adapted the Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts (see Related Resources below) to address the state's local contexts and uses of assessments. Much of the content is found in this document is also found in the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 38
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:33

How Much Testing Is Taking Place in North Carolina Schools at Grades K-12? An Analysis of Federal, State, and Local Required Assessments

This analysis of federal, state and locally required assessments provide insight into four research questions focused on: How many assessments are administered to students per year?, How much time do students spend in assessments per year?, What is the purpose of the assessments?, and, How can the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 48
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:30

Testing Action Plan: State and District Profiles

This website page summarizes actions that several states and school districts have taken in order to reduce their amounts of testing, thereby increasing instructional time. In general, those actions include a review of the numbers and estimated time to take tests in a specific state or district,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 80
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:10

The College and Career Readiness of U.S. High School Graduates

From the introduction: "For more than a decade, Achieve has issued an annual 50-state report on each state’s adoption of college- and career-ready (CCR) policies as reflected in state standards, graduation requirements, assessments, and accountability systems. Having the right policies is, of...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 21
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:08

National Benchmarks for State Achievement Standards

From the executive summary: "This report uses national benchmarking as a common metric to examine state achievement standards and compare how high these standards are compared to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) achievement levels. It also compares how much students are...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 30
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:02

Not as Easy as It Sounds: Designing a Balanced Assessment System

This document provides guidance for states that are building, evaluating, or modifying their assessment systems. The report offers three criteria to consider: coherence, a theory of action, and efficiency. The authors state that these criteria were selected after reviewing literature on educational...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 94
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 12:52