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. 

Discerning — and Fostering — What English Learners Can Do With Language: Guidance on Gathering and Interpreting Complementary Evidence of Classroom Language Uses for Reclassification Decisions

The resource describes classroom-based evidence of English learners' (ELs') language use to complement standardized, large-scale, summative English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments. The authors explore systems of collecting evidence about EL's classroom-based language uses that can inform...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 60
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 12:45

Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education: A Nation Advancing?

This is the second report by the National Research Council (NRC) on  science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in K-12 schools. This report follows up on the 2011 report to identify methods for tracking progress toward quality STEM education. The Committee on an Evaluation...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 191
Date created: 06/28/2017 - 17:10

Interim Assessments in Brief

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes the importance of balanced assessment systems, the need for interim measures to monitor the progress of low performing schools, and the value of testing audits to improve system efficiency and effectiveness. ESSA also offers states the flexibility to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 297
Date created: 05/31/2017 - 15:03

Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century

From the publisher’s description: “Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century describes this important set of key skills that increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning, and higher order thinking.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 137
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 19:21

Charting Success: Data Use and Student Achievement in Urban Schools

The study examines the relationship between interim data-use practices at the school and classroom levels and student achievement. The study draws on teacher and principal survey data with more than 1,500 teachers and 150 school principals and student achievement data from over 60,000 students...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 46
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 16:48

Executive Summary - Making the Most of Interim Assessment Data: Lessons from Philadelphia

This multi-method qualitative study focuses on interim data use in 10 low performing elementary schools in Philadelphia. It focuses on how schools and instructional communities within those schools (grade level teams, instructional leadership teams) use interim data for instructional improvement at...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 11
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 15:49

Using Interim Assessments Instead of Summative? Consideration of an ESSA Option

This technical report (presented at a CCSSO conference) shares the ESSA provision that both enables and lays out requirements for using interim assessments in place of a single end of year assessment for state accountability purposes. The authors’ guidance for considering the use of interim...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 86
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 15:04

An Approach for Evaluating the Technical Quality of Interim Assessments

This article describes six criteria areas that should be considered in evaluating interim assessments: Test purpose and use, Test development and documentation (Item-level, test-level, and multiple test level criteria), Administration and inclusion,  Test scores and reports, Test utility, and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 60
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 16:40

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