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. 

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: 1,144
Date created: 06/28/2017 - 16:16

Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria (PEEC) for Next Generation Science Standards Instructional Materials Design

The Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria (PEEC) for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Instructional Materials Design is a resource that helps educators evaluate NGSS-related instructional material programs.

Number of views: 117
Date created: 06/23/2017 - 13:12

Teacher's Guides and Analysis Tools

The Library of Congress has developed a tool for analyzing primary sources and other media. The tool has three columns for students to record observations, reflections, and questions. At the bottom on the tool, there is a box for students to write notes about next steps for further investigation....

Number of views: 78
Date created: 03/31/2017 - 20:07

NGSS District Implementation Indicators

As districts implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), this tool can be valuable to identify signifiers of successful NGSS adoption. This tool identifies 13 important indicators of successful NGSS adoption, broken into three broad categories: foundational strategies, essential...

Number of views: 103
Date created: 03/30/2017 - 09:27

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: 59
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: 63
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 16:18

Revised State Template for the Consolidated State Plan: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act

On March 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education released an updated Every Student Succeeds Act consolidated state plan template, accompanied by the following press release:  "In a letter delivered today to chief state school officers, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provided clarity on...

Number of views: 26
Date created: 03/16/2017 - 11:09

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: 42
Date created: 01/17/2017 - 15:21