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. 

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: 626
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:20

What We Know About Critical Thinking (4Cs Research Series)

This research brief is one in a series of briefs and annotated bibliographies on key aspects of conceptualizing, developing, and assessing the "4Cs" (Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Communication). Each brief starts with an overview of key conceptual issues related to the 4Cs....

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 234
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:18

Assessment (Chapter 8 of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools)

From the introduction: "This chapter describes the scope of assessment and its skilled use to support student achievement of the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy and the CA ELD Standards - and ultimately the overarching goals of ELA/literacy instruction: students develop the readiness for college, careers...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 61
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:07

What We Know About Creativity (4Cs Research Series)

From the introduction: "Creativity is widely acknowledged to be a key 21st century skill, and it is included in many countries’ lists of desired college and career-ready outcomes for students...The well-documented, shifting global paradigm from manufacturing to knowledge-based to innovation...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 161
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:06

Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs): Policy Considerations for Meaningful Accountability

Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs) are instructional content-area units designed for consistency between what is taught, assessed, and how teachers are prepared. CEPAs combine elements of formative assessment and performance assessments to promote deeper learning outcomes. CEPAs...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 591
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:07

Assessment Literacy Project

This site provides online professional development in assessment literacy for educators. The information is organized into a series of modules, each of which begins with a video of Dr. James Popham. Educators also participate in activities and read articles as part of the learning process. Along...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 162
Date created: 09/29/2015 - 17:28

Innovative Math Program Succeeds at American Indian Schools, Before Funding Is Cut

This article provides an overview of a mathematics program "Strength in Number," which is used by some Wyoming schools that serve large numbers of Native American students. The program exemplifies the type of learning and assessment envisioned in the Common Core State Standards, though it was...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 21
Date created: 09/16/2015 - 15:32

Implementing Competency Education in K–12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

This paper seeks to map out the terrain of the district implementation strategies being used to convert traditional systems into personalized, competency-based ones.  It aspires to prepare readers to begin a transformational process. Four stages of implementation are proposed in the paper:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:13

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