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: 123
Date created: 02/24/2016 - 17:23

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: 899
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:07

Colorado Assessment Review Tool

The Assessment Review Tool (ART) is intended for use in analyzing summative K–12 classroom assessments to determine their quality and efficacy, their suitability for use as student growth measures, and their alignment with the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). With very minor modification the tool...

Number of views: 129
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:12

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science

The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science supports educators conducting in-depth evaluations of the quality of lessons and units that appear in published materials or are educator-created. The EQuIP Rubric for science extends the work of previous...

Number of views: 277
Date created: 06/04/2015 - 14:06

Quality Performance Assessment Framework

The Quality Performance Assessment (QPA) framework was developed to help teachers and school leaders create a system of local assessments that works for their classroom contexts.

Number of views: 217
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 14:29

Relationships and convergences among the mathematics, science, and ELA practices

A product of the Stanford University Understanding Language initiative, this Venn diagram is a tool that effectively illustrates the overlap and grouping of student practices (and student capacities) from four sets of seminal documents: the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language...

Number of views: 1,036
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:26

Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts

WestEd's Teacher Professional Development Program developed the "Persuasion Across Time and Space: Analyzing and Producing Complex Texts" in conjunction with the Understanding Language Initiative. The goal of this unit (involving five conceptually linked lessons) is to provide exemplars...

Number of views: 64
Date created: 12/13/2013 - 10:09