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. 

Feed-Up, Feedback, Feed Forward: Making Formative Assessment Come Alive

This 56-minute webinar discusses an approach to formative assessment to enhance the teacher/student relationship in order to promote learning. It provides practical examples from elementary and secondary classrooms. The webinar is presented by Nancy Frey, a faculty member of the Association for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 380
Date created: 12/21/2015 - 12:25

Knowing the Score: The Who, What, and Why of Testing

This brief provides information about K–12 testing with the goal of helping parents, educators, policymakers, and others make decisions about testing policies in their community and state. Background information is provided, as well as answers to common questions about K–12 testing, including the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 48
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

Academic Language and ELLs: What Teachers Need to Know

From the website: "This article written by Colorín Colorado Manager Lydia Breiseth helps educators understand the role that academic language plays in their classrooms and in ELL student success. The article also includes information on social vs. academic language, as well as numerous examples of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 198
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:08

Performance Assessment Resource Bank

Performance assessments require students to construct an original response rather than bubbling or filling in a correct answer. This website provides teachers, leaders, and policymakers with high-quality, expert-reviewed performance tasks, tools, and resources aligned to college and career ready...

Number of views: 413
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:07

The Right Trajectory: State Teachers of the Year Compare Former and New State Assessments

From the publisher: "Utilizing research-based methodologies and practices including Evidence Centered Design, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge, and survey instruments designed for this study, we convened two panels to examine six assessment instruments. Each study panel was composed of State and National...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 19
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:04

Understanding Formative Assessment: A Special Report

From the website summary: "Formative assessment is one of the most widely used—but poorly understood—instructional techniques. This special report highlights common misconceptions about the approach and shows how formative assessment differs from other kinds of assessments, such as summative or...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 15:55

Student Testing in America’s Great City Schools: An Inventory and Preliminary Analysis

With the support of their member districts, the Council of Great City Schools developed and administered a survey of assessment practices to 66 of their member districts in the Spring of 2014. The survey addressed all required assessments, including state summative assessments, mandatory formative...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 92
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:21

Assessment Literacy: Making Sense of K-12 Assessment for Learning

AssessmentLiteracy.org is a website created as part of an assessment literacy initiative sponsored by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). The website provides information and guidance to educators and professional development providers about the purposes of assessment, the components of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 603
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:20

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