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. 

Guide to Evaluating Assessments Using the CCSSO Criteria for High Quality Assessments: Focus on Test Content

Because the results from state assessments are often used for high stakes purposes, it is important that the assessments themselves are of high quality. In this publication, the authors propose a methodology for evaluating state assessments for summative purposes. They describe their methodology...

Number of views: 111
Date created: 02/24/2016 - 17:23

Moving Toward Equity Data Review Tool: Getting Started With Equitable Access Data

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Number of views: 64
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:49

Understanding Proficiency

Understanding Proficiency is a resource designed to support educators in analyzing and learning from student work on performance tasks in English language arts and math. The site features actual scored student responses to the Smarter Balanced performance tasks, with annotations from practicing...

Number of views: 250
Date created: 01/14/2016 - 14:54

NGSS Evidence Statements for Middle School

The NGSS evidence statements for middle school (grades 6–8) provide additional details about what students should know and be able to do at the end of instruction to demonstrate proficiency for each middle school performance expectation in the NGSS. Further, the evidence statements describe how ...

Number of views: 723
Date created: 01/13/2016 - 14:15

NGSS Evidence Statements for Elementary

The NGSS evidence statements for elementary school (grades K–5) provide additional details about what students should know and be able to do at the end of instruction to demonstrate proficiency for each elementary performance expectation in the NGSS. Further, the evidence statements describe how ...

Number of views: 384
Date created: 01/13/2016 - 14:08

Web Alignment Tool

Using Norman Webb’s depth-of-knowledge (DOK) levels, the Web Alignment Tool (WAT) is a web-based application that automates the process of aligning state education standards with standardized tests. This tool makes it possible to gauge the alignment between the standards and the assessment based on...

Number of views: 788
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:07

Performance Assessment Resource Bank

Performance assessments require students to construct an original response rather than bubbling or filling in a correct answer. This website provides teachers, leaders, and policymakers with high-quality, expert-reviewed performance tasks, tools, and resources aligned to college and career ready...

Number of views: 411
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:07

“Why Are There So Many Words in Math?”: Planning for Content-Area Vocabulary Instruction

This article, published by the National Council of Teachers of English, describes a planning tool for vocabulary instruction called the 5 Cs. It was developed to help teachers consider which words to teach in content-area classes such as mathematics, science, and social studies. The tool supports...

Number of views: 146
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:22

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