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. 

Supporting Formative Assessment for Deeper Learning: A Primer for Policymakers

This primer argues that effective formative assessment is essential to successfully implementing new college- and career-ready standards. It explains what formative assessment is, how it works in practice, and why it is critically important in fostering powerful pedagogy and 21st-century...

Number of views: 113
Date created: 01/18/2017 - 11:20

Use of Data at the Local Level: From Accountability to Instructional Improvement

This report builds on a picture provided from previous reports of local practices in implementing data-driven decision making. It presents data from a national district survey as well as from site visits conducted during 2007–08 at 36 schools in 12 districts. Key findings from surveys and site...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 64
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:55

What Are Teachers' and School Leaders' Major Concerns About New K–12 State Tests?

The implementation of new consortia-based tests (Smarter Balanced and PARCC) has created concern among both educators and school leaders about increased test difficulty, score accuracy, technology, and educator readiness to prepare students for the new assessments. In this brief report, the authors...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 36
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:48

Identifying and Supporting English Learner Students with Learning Disabilities: Key Issues in the Literature and State Practice

From the publisher: "This review of research and policy literature distils several key elements of processes that can help identify and support English learner students with learning disabilities. It also describes current guidelines and protocols used by the 20 states with the largest populations...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 43
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:25

Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards, Aligned Assessments and Related Reforms: Cross-State Findings

The Southern Regional Education Board conducted a multi-year study of how 14 states are implementing college- and career-ready standards. This report is part of a series for the "Benchmarking State Implementation of Common Core Standards" project.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 91
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:43

Gearing Up to Teach the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in Rural Northeast Region Schools

“Educators in the rural Northeast Region report challenges in implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). Using administrator interviews and teacher survey data from selected rural districts in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont, this report offers insight into...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 20
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:37

Closing the Expectations Gap: 2014 Annual Report on the Alignment of State K-12 Policies and Practice with the Demands of College and Careers

This is Achieve’s ninth annual Closing the Achievement Gap report, which details states’ progress in adopting and implementing a coherent set of policies that will prepare all students from grades K-12 for college and careers.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 38
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:18

A Descriptive Analysis of State-Supported Formative Assessment Initiatives in New York and Vermont

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) arrived at a consensus definition of formative assessment as “a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students’ achievement of intended instructional...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 46
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 10:56