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. 

Reading Across Texts: A Resource for Planning Multiple-Source Comprehension Tasks

College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) set the expectation that students will be able to navigate multiple texts, evaluate the claims that authors make, notice and account for any conflicting points of view, and synthesize information as they develop an understanding of a concept or event. CCRS...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 172
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 11:43

Leaping the College-Ready Gap: What Can Be Learned from Schools That Focus on Deeper Learning

This guidance document identifies, eight public schools that focus on Deeper Learning strategies in implementing practices to ensure that students are college ready. It provides a brief overview of all the identified schools and profiles one in further detail, describing school activities that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 36
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:52

Achievement Level Setting

In this these two resources, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium describes the process it used to engage with the public as it sought to create achievement levels. Over the course of several weeks, teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, community and business leaders, parents,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 04/25/2016 - 13:36

Achievement Level Descriptors Glossary

The Smarter Balanced glossary includes definitions of key terms used throughout the ELA/literacy and mathematics Achievement Level Descriptor (ALDs). The brief document also includes references to documents like the CCSS apendices, when applicable, to provide users with additional information about...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 42
Date created: 04/21/2016 - 18:31

Achievement Level Descriptors

The Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) describe four levels of achievement (1-4) across three grade spans: 3-5, 6-8, and High School. The descriptors are organized in two tables, one for English language arts/literacy and the other for mathematics. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,302
Date created: 04/21/2016 - 18:22

Better Tests, Fewer Barriers: Advances in Accessibility through PARCC and Smarter Balanced

As the title implies, this Center for American Progress publication provides an overview of the general movement toward increased accessibility for students with disabilities (SWDs) and English Language Learners (ELLs). The authors present statistics showing a substantial increase in the numbers of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 12:31

Common Core State Standards: Assessment Literacy

This website provides a wide range of information on assessments, including an overview of assessment literacy, California’s assessment system, the purposes and uses of assessments, developing assessments, analyzing data, and effective use of assessment results. It is one in a series of ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 83
Date created: 12/22/2015 - 14:08

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: 49
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

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