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. 

Freedom to Talk

Stanford University Professor Kenji Hakuta and his son Luis are the creators of Freedom to Talk, a short video about the civil rights movement and English Language Learners (ELLs). Hakuta narrates the history of how the principles of civil rights are extended to today’s new state academic content,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 250
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:05

English Language Learners: A Growing—Yet Underserved—Student Population

This issue of the Progress of Education Reform presents research and data on the educational issues related to the US English language learner (ELL) population. The brief calls for urgency in supporting the fastest growing population of students in K–12 schools. Key takeaways from the research and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 295
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:04

The Need to Use Evidence in School-Based K–12 Improvement Efforts

In this brief paper, the author suggests that "to empower teachers to use data effectively, schools and districts need to engage in the systematic collection and analysis of evidence as part of an ongoing school improvement cycle." Based on research and practice, she identifies and explains "four...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 71
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:01

Formative Assessment—Supporting Students' Learning

This paper provides information on the elements of formative assessment and the role of formative assessment in teaching and learning. It also elaborates on three formative assessment research projects at ETS. These include projects focused on the use of learning progressions, targeted professional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 53
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 17:47

Setting the Bar for High-Ability Students

The authors of this article suggest that "because the Common Core State Standards are benchmarks for all students, they are by definition insufficient for high-ability students. To meet the needs of high-ability students, teachers need professional development that includes strategies to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 08/19/2015 - 16:54

Distinguishing Formative Assessment from Other Educational Assessment Labels

From the publisher: "In this document, the FAST SCASS (Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers - State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards) aims to clarify the meaning and uses of the types of assessment most frequently used in education. By so doing, the FAST SCASS intends to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 160
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:24

Attributes of Effective Formative Assessment

From the resource: "This document presents the definition of formative assessment and identifies and explains the five attributes of effective formative assessment. One key feature of this definition is its requirement that formative assessment be regarded as a process rather than a particular kind...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 197
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:21

Formative Assessment: Examples of Practice

This document shares some examples of the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) definition of formative assessment in practice. The first section of the document provides readers with vignettes of classroom scenarios, some showing formative assessment and others showing classrooms without...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 311
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:21

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