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. 

Evaluating Content Alignment in the Context of Computer-Adaptive Testing: Guidance for State Education Agencies

Evidence that a test and the content domain it is intended to measure are aligned is critical for supporting claims about the validity of inferences drawn from results and defending test use for a given purpose. Findings from an alignment evaluation provide the test developer and the test user with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 174
Date created: 06/16/2016 - 11:34

Make Assessment Work for All Students: Multiple Measures Matter

This is the third installment from NWEA of a study focused on stakeholder perceptions relative to K-12 assessment practices. This segment titled, Make Assessment Work for All Students: Multiple Measures Matter, provides opinions from various stakeholders through the examination of student, parent,...

Number of views: 67
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:19

Listen to Us: Teacher Views and Voices

This survey, conducted by the Center on Education Policy (CEP), provides insight into teachers’ feelings regarding current education issues and their profession.  This national survey of K-12 public school teachers was conducted in the winter of 2015-16. The survey focused on a strategic set of...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 39
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:17

Testing College Readiness

Commissioned by the Massachusetts' Executive Office of Education, this study was designed by Mathematica to provide timely, rigorous evidence on how accurately two tests (MCAS and PARCC) assess college readiness.  Prior to its authorization, there was no reliable evidence that could demonstrate...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 27
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:15

19 Times Data Analysis Empowered Students and Schools: Which Students Succeed and Why?

Which Students Succeed and Why? This report answers this question by reviewing studies that used educational data to improve and address inequalities in the U.S. educational system. The studies included in this report show how the use of student data is important for students to reflect on their...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 32
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:11

When Does Accountability Work?

In this study, the authors studied long-term effects of high-stakes testing in Texas, comparing high school student performance to college enrollment, college completion rates, and adult earnings. More specifically, they analyzed student outcomes between two types of schools: lower performing...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 30
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:09

Opt Out: An Examination of Issues

During the past few years, media reports have highlighted an increase in the number of parents who are opting their children out of annual state tests, often called the opt-out movement. In this paper, researcher Randy Bennett examines issues related to the movement including: the amount of time...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 61
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:07

Summary: Proposed Regulations on Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting under ESSA

As a complement to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting, the U.S. Department of Education has released a summary of the proposed regulations. The summary provides an overview of regulations regarding: statewide accountability systems, support for low-...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 54
Date created: 05/26/2016 - 16:05

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