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. 

Leveraging Mindset Science to Design Educational Environments That Nurture People's Natural Drive to Learn

To address the important role of student motivation in the learning process, this brief provides an overview of students' mindsets related to learning and school-related beliefs. The brief addresses how student mindsets impact their sense of competence, connections to others, and persistence in...

Number of views: 66
Date created: 01/12/2018 - 12:09

Principles and Characteristics of Inclusive Assessment Systems in a Changing Assessment Landscape

"This document is the fourth in a series of Principles documents produced by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). NCEO revisited and revised its 2008 Principles for inclusive assessment systems to respond to the many changes in the current educational assessment context. The revised...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 92
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 12:57

Testing Reduction Report

This report provides a number of recommendations to address important assessment issues in New York state. These issues include: test anxiety, assessment quality, and too much testing. The authors recommend the release of more test questions, greater use of adaptive testing, additional guidance to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 43
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:26

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: 43
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 12:31

Assessment in Elementary and Secondary Education: A Primer

The following is a summary of this publication from the Congressional Research Service. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 99
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:50

Supporting the Implementation of NGSS through Research: Assessment

From the authors: "The NGSS [Next Generation Science Standards] identify three dimensions essential for providing students with a quality science education: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts across domains of science, and disciplinary core ideas.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 114
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:17

Assistive Technologies for Computer-Based Assessments

From the author: "This essay discusses the impact of technology on education and educational assessment, which is even more profound for test takers with disabilities and special needs."

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:03

Items in Action: Implementing Items in the Classroom - One State’s Perspective (NCSC Writing AA-AAS)

This resource describes Arizona's efforts to change educators' writing expectations and assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities (SWSCD). It describes an initial pilot study and successful expansion of teacher expectations and understanding of writing for their...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 17:50

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