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. 

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: 452
Date created: 11/02/2016 - 17:23

Testing College Readiness

Commissioned by the Massachusetts' Executive Office of Education, this study was designed by Mathematica to provide timely, rigorous evidence on how accurately two tests (MCAS and PARCC) assess college readiness.  Prior to its authorization, there was no reliable evidence that could demonstrate...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 29
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:15

19 Times Data Analysis Empowered Students and Schools: Which Students Succeed and Why?

Which Students Succeed and Why? This report answers this question by reviewing studies that used educational data to improve and address inequalities in the U.S. educational system. The studies included in this report show how the use of student data is important for students to reflect on their...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 32
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:11

American Indian/Alaska Native College Student Retention Strategies

This article compares beliefs about successful student retention strategies between American Indian/Alaska Native students and postsecondary institutional representatives. While institutional representatives identified financial support as a primary motivator for college completion, AI/AN students...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 64
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:01

The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015: American Indian Students

This report is the latest in a series of annual reports published by ACT to highlight the progress of U.S. high school graduates based on college readiness. This particular report is focused on American Indian students, with the authors suggesting the report be used to understand how well these...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 63
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:17

School Environment Listening Sessions Final Report

This report describes work conducted for the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE). In conjunction with tribal leaders and communities, WHIAIANE conducted a series of listening sessions in October and November 2014 across the United States. At these...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 35
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 12:59

Multiple Measures for College Readiness

This ECS Education Trends report reviews multiple measures, provides a deeper look at competency-based assessments, and offers policy considerations for state and system leaders. The article provides key takeaways, a brief overview of types of measures currently being utilized or considered to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 36
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 13:27

Knowing the Score: The Who, What, and Why of Testing

This brief provides information about K–12 testing with the goal of helping parents, educators, policymakers, and others make decisions about testing policies in their community and state. Background information is provided, as well as answers to common questions about K–12 testing, including the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 49
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

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