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. 

Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework

There is a growing recognition that strong academic skills alone are not enough for young people to become successful adults, and this comprehensive report offers wide-ranging evidence to show that what young people need to develop from preschool to young adulthood to succeed in college and career...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 125
Date created: 03/28/2017 - 06:26

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: 84
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 17:51

Supporting Formative Assessment for Deeper Learning: A Primer for Policymakers

This primer argues that effective formative assessment is essential to successfully implementing new college- and career-ready standards. It explains what formative assessment is, how it works in practice, and why it is critically important in fostering powerful pedagogy and 21st-century...

Number of views: 103
Date created: 01/18/2017 - 11:20

Introduction to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) – Course Design, Organization and Implementation

From the abstract: “The purpose of this paper is to provide readers the opportunity to see the planning, organization and delivery of an undergraduate course in the area of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). This course for is designed for students to thoughtfully...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,142
Date created: 01/11/2017 - 14:44

A List of Non-Cognitive Assessment Instruments

From the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, this resource lists assessment instruments on "non-cognitive skills" for college-age students. As described in the resource, non-cognitive skills promote "students’ ability to think cogently about information, manage their time, get...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 5,505
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 00:35

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: 62
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:17

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: 48
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

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