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 Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning

"Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning" is an executive summary of the Stanford History Education Group's recent project to develop and validate assessments of students' ability to evaluate information they read online. The research included students in middle schools,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,652
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:36

Online Reading Comprehension Assessments

Online Reading Comprehension Assessments (ORCA) are tests of students' abilities to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information that they read online. Funded by a grant from the Institute for Education Sciences, the ORCA Project was a five-year research project to create, study, and...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,516
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:34

Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards

This resource is based on the vision and principles of the Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, addressing NGSS-based assessment development practices. The three-dimensional science design and vision in the NGSS require new approaches for science...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,327
Date created: 02/28/2015 - 19:51

Formative Assessment for Next Generation Science Standards: A Proposed Model

In this paper, the author proposes a conceptual model for the design and implementation of formative assessment to support the learning goals of the Next Generation Science Standards. The paper includes a review of the literature on formative assessment practices and describes how the literatures ...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,066
Date created: 11/01/2013 - 10:30

Measuring the Monitoring Progress K-12 STEM Education Indicators: A Road Map

This roadmap provides information for measuring and reporting on the 14 STEM Education Indicators as described by the National Research Council’s report on monitoring successful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) K-12 programs. SRI’s roadmap summarizes available data on each...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 698
Date created: 06/28/2017 - 16:10

Overview of Major Assessment Types in Standards-Based Instruction

This overview is designed to help state education agencies, local education agencies, schools, educators, partner organizations, and other stakeholders understand the differences between major assessment types in standards-based instruction. Formative, Diagnostic, Interim/Benchmark, and Summative...

Number of views: 463
Date created: 11/02/2016 - 17:23

Cognitive Loading in Three-Dimensional NGSS Assessment Knowledge, Skills, and Know-How

This white paper, developed in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Education, presents a new model for evaluating the cognitive ranges of large-scale assessment specific to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Number of views: 321
Date created: 06/25/2019 - 09:45

Using K-­2 Summative Assessments to Improve Third Grade Outcomes Webinar and Presentation

CSAI recently presented to Early Childhood, Assessment, and Accountability staff from seven states at the request of the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) as a professional learning event for their Early Childhood Community of Practice.  Through this presentation, CSAI addressed the following...

Number of views: 309
Date created: 05/13/2019 - 10:42

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