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. 

Released Items

States in the PARCC consortium have released some test items from past PARCC assessments to give teachers a tool to inform and improve classroom teaching and learning.  The catalog of materials that appear on this page includes scoring rubrics and guides to the scoring, as well as released item...

Number of views: 310
Date created: 08/17/2017 - 10:10

Consolidated State Plans Webinar

On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education hosted a webinar to discuss requirements for consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act. In this webinar, the U.S. Department of Education provides insights from states that submitted their state plans during the spring window....

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 16
Date created: 08/08/2017 - 13:45

Instructional Practice Toolkit and Classroom Videos

The Instructional Practice Toolkit and Classroom Videos is a professional learning resource for teachers and teacher educators. There are two instructional practice toolkit modules: one for mathematics and another for English language arts/literacy.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 391
Date created: 08/03/2017 - 09:32

Instructional Materials and Implementation of Next Generation Science Standards: Demand, Supply, and Strategic Opportunities

This report, produced by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, provides an overview of instructional materials available to support implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). For NGSS to be implemented in a sustainable manner, there need to be high-quality instructional...

Number of views: 146
Date created: 07/26/2017 - 13:46

Dear Colleague Letter on Per-Pupil Expenditures - June 28, 2017

The U.S. Department of Education released this letter to inform state and local education agencies that an additional year will be granted to implement per-pupil expenditure information on annual report cards. Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 11
Date created: 07/14/2017 - 15:54

Frequently Asked Questions - ESSA Consolidated State Plan

On June 16, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education released a brief guide containing questions pertaining to the review of state consolidated plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act. This document provides information on the type of feedback states will receive in regards to submitted...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 12
Date created: 07/14/2017 - 15:15

Literature Review Related to Assessment and Accountability Provisions Relevant to English Learners

This literature review summarizes the theoretical and research literature related to the characteristics of coherent, valid, reliable, and fair assessment systems that are aligned to English language proficiency (ELP) standards and accessible to all English learner (EL) groups.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 81
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 14:01

Major Provisions of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Related to the Education of English Learners

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) commissioned the Penn Hill Group to develop this resource that should benefit states as they begin implementation of ESSA. "The purpose of this document is to describe the major provisions of the recently enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 503
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 13:25

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