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. 

Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century

From the publisher’s description: “Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century describes this important set of key skills that increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning, and higher order thinking.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 151
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 19:21

High School Graduation Requirements in a Time of College and Career Readiness

Ensuring that students graduate high school prepared for college and careers has become a national priority in the last decade. To support this goal, states have adopted rigorous college and career readiness (CCR) standards in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Additionally, states have...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 254
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:22

Is NAEP Math Out of Step with the States?

The authors of this publication analyze the possibility that NAEP mathematics assessments may be misaligned to the shifting goals of mathematics education in the United States. Comparing NAEP mathematics standards to both Common Core and non-Common Core state mathematics standards, the authors...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 25
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:41

Listen to Us: Teacher Views and Voices

This survey, conducted by the Center on Education Policy (CEP), provides insight into teachers’ feelings regarding current education issues and their profession.  This national survey of K-12 public school teachers was conducted in the winter of 2015-16. The survey focused on a strategic set of...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 39
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:17

Opt Out: An Examination of Issues

During the past few years, media reports have highlighted an increase in the number of parents who are opting their children out of annual state tests, often called the opt-out movement. In this paper, researcher Randy Bennett examines issues related to the movement including: the amount of time...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 62
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:07

The Road Ahead for State Assessments: What the Assessment Consortia Built, Why it Matters, and Emerging Options

CSAI Co-Director, Andrew Latham, contributed the article "ESSA and the New Era of Local Control for Assessment and Accountability" in the final edition in a series on the six federally funded consortia. (See Related Resource section below for an earlier publication from the series.) In the article...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 127
Date created: 04/08/2016 - 15:26

National Benchmarks for State Achievement Standards

From the executive summary: "This report uses national benchmarking as a common metric to examine state achievement standards and compare how high these standards are compared to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) achievement levels. It also compares how much students are...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:02

Better Tests, Fewer Barriers: Advances in Accessibility through PARCC and Smarter Balanced

As the title implies, this Center for American Progress publication provides an overview of the general movement toward increased accessibility for students with disabilities (SWDs) and English Language Learners (ELLs). The authors present statistics showing a substantial increase in the numbers of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 12:31

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