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. 

Transforming Students’ Lives with Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of integrating thinking, feeling, and behaving in order to become aware of the self and of others, make responsible decisions, and manage one’s own behaviors and those of others. This resource describes the objectives and theoretical underpinnings...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 106
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:41

Fostering and Measuring Skills: Improving Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills to Promote Lifetime Success

This paper reviews the current literature on measuring and fostering non-cognitive skills. Non-cognitive skills in this paper refer to personal attributes not thought to be measured by IQ or achievement tests (p.13). The term can be used interchangeably with social and emotional learning.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 52
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:29

Making whole-child education the norm

This policy brief describes research and policy initiatives that can make social and emotional skills a focal point in children’s education. The authors review the literature on how social and emotional skills develop, and how they are important drivers of cognitive skills, school, and life...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 42
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 18:14

Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives

A growing body of evidence has shown that social and emotional strengths in children and adults lead to school and life success. This article from the New York Times summarizes some of the key studies that support this claim, and argues that schools and teachers need to promote social and emotional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 69
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 17:51

The Interim Test Effect: Testing Prior Material Can Facilitate the Learning of New Material

This article reports on five experiments that were conducted to examine the effect on interim testing of prior textual material on learning of subsequent textual learning, which the authors term an interim-test effect. Participants were prompted to recall each section of an expository text before...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 29
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 16:54

Charting Success: Data Use and Student Achievement in Urban Schools

The study examines the relationship between interim data-use practices at the school and classroom levels and student achievement. The study draws on teacher and principal survey data with more than 1,500 teachers and 150 school principals and student achievement data from over 60,000 students...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 36
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 16:48

A Multi-State District-Level Cluster randomized Trial of the Impact of Data-Driven Reform on Reading and Mathematics Achievement

The study analyzed mathematics and reading achievement outcomes from a district-level random assignment study fielded in over 500 schools within 59 school districts and seven states. The treatment was a data driven reform initiative implemented by Johns Hopkins Center for Data-Driven Reform in...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 24
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 16:36

The Impact of the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Program on Student Reading Achievement

The study tested the effectiveness of the MAP program in thirty-two elementary schools in five Illinois districts. Half the schools were randomly assigned to implement MAP program in grade 4, and the other half were assigned to implement MAP in grade 5. The MAP program included both training,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 28
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 16:27

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