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. 

RAND Education Assessment Finder

From the website: "The RAND Education Assessment Finder is a web-based tool that provides information about assessments of K–12 students' interpersonal, intrapersonal, and higher-order cognitive competencies. Practitioners, researchers, and policymakers can use it to explore what assessments are...

Number of views: 547
Date created: 12/21/2018 - 13:09

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: 53
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 16:08

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: 442
Date created: 11/02/2016 - 17:23

Assessment Review Tool

From the publishers:  "The [Rhode Island Assessment Review] tool provides a framework for educators to use when evaluating an assessment for a given purpose, particularly whether or not an assessment is appropriate as evidence for a Student Learning Objective. It can be used to review commercially...

Number of views: 139
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:26

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: 416
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

MDC Introductory Guide to Formative Assessment Workshop

The Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) provides instructional tools and professional support services meant to help teachers collect ongoing and immediate evidence of student learning. The instructional tools include formative assessment lessons (FALs), known as Classroom Challenges, as well as...

Number of views: 222
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:26

Literacy Modules

The Literacy Modules center on tasks designed by the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC). The modules include descriptions of the tasks, skills, instruction, and assessment. There are also accompanying student work samples with scoring explanations.

Number of views: 58
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:09

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