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. 

Assessment Tools in Informal Science

This searchable website, created by the PEAR Institute, provides assessment tools for informal science learning. This website allows practitioners, evaluators, researchers, and policy makers with the information to choose appropriate tools for assessing program quality and outcomes for children and...

Number of views: 135
Date created: 06/28/2017 - 18:09

PEAR’s STEM Work

The PEAR Institute (Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency) has created a comprehensive suite of tools that provides information on the quality of students’ science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning experiences and provides a common language around STEM outcomes so...

Number of views: 167
Date created: 06/28/2017 - 18:02

The Learning Activation Lab: Tools

The Learning Activation Lab is a national research and design group that seeks to learn and demonstrate ways to activate and engage children in learning and innovation in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.

Number of views: 115
Date created: 06/28/2017 - 17:59

STELAR: STEM Learning and Research Center

The STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR) supports the National Science Foundation's Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. One of the main goals of the STELAR website is to synthesize and disseminate ITEST project findings. This supports the research and...

Number of views: 66
Date created: 06/28/2017 - 17:17

STEM Indicators

SRI International created this website to supported efforts by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement a set of 14 key indicators that can be used by policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to monitor components of K-12 STEM education and to guide improvements. Through this website...

Number of views: 668
Date created: 06/28/2017 - 16:16

Effects of Interim Assessments on Student Achievement: Evidence From a Large-Scale Experiment

The study uses data from a 2010-2011 school-level randomized experiment of 70 Indiana public schools to examine the impact of two interim assessment programs, mCLASS in Grades K–2 and Acuity in Grades 3–8, on students’ mathematics and reading achievement. Results indicate no overall treatment...

Number of views: 52
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 16:08

Building an Interim Assessment System: A Workbook for School Districts

This workbook offers states and districts a set of questions and issues that they should consider in determining their readiness and in selecting and/or evaluating an existing interim assessment. The questions are intended to be answered by various stakeholder groups in collaboration, not by a...

Number of views: 57
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 16:18

Evidence-Based Improvement: A Guide for States to Strengthen Their Frameworks and Supports Aligned to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA

To support states and local districts in selecting and implementing evidence-based improvement strategies, WestEd researchers have published a set of tools for this work. These tools provide guidance for examining state and local evidence-based decisions, with tools designed specifically for states...

Number of views: 40
Date created: 01/17/2017 - 15:21

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