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. 

Text Complexity in the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System

This paper presents the research-based decisions that determine text complexity within the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System (DLM). In this paper, factors related to text complexity found in college and career readiness standards (and in particular the Common Core State Standards)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:05

Relationships and convergences among the mathematics, science, and ELA practices

A product of the Stanford University Understanding Language initiative, this Venn diagram is a tool that effectively illustrates the overlap and grouping of student practices (and student capacities) from four sets of seminal documents: the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language...

Number of views: 912
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:26

Overview of the Common Core State Standards Initiatives for ELLs

The purpose of this brief from TESOL is to provide an overview of the policies behind the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. The paper outlines some initiatives that are in place (as of the time of publication) to address the needs of English language learners (...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 79
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 12:55

A New Vision for Accountability

Student assessments face challenges of quality, cost, and appropriate use, writes scholar Linda Darling-Hammond. Written for school board members, this article is brief and to the point about ensuring and implementing the use of high-quality assessments (a topic covered in numerous publications by...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 35
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:10

Introduction to Smarter Balanced Item and Performance Task Development Procedure

The following presentation introduces educators to commonly used terms and concepts that are part of the development of items and performance tasks. In the presentation, educators will: be introduced to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium; learn more about the Common Core State Standards and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 157
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 12:21

Introduction to Evidence-Centered Design

The presentation explores foundational concepts of Evidence-Centered Design and discusses how an evidence-centered approach contrasts from a traditional approach in developing items and tasks. The presentation also addresses the following concepts: claims about student learning;  assessment targets...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 80
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 12:31

Appendix B: Grade Level Tables for All Claims and Assessment Targets and Item Types

These tables lay out assessment targets that comprise each of the four claims Smarter Balanced summative assessment is being designed to evaluate:  

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 423
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 13:49

English Language Arts Specifications, Item Specifications, and Depth of Knowledge

This presentation from Smarter Balanced provides an overview of the primary documents used to inform the development of items and tasks. The presentation also details how item writers use these primary documents to create high-quality items and tasks and includes an introduction to the Depth of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 122
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 14:22