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. 

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

Guide to Evaluating Assessments Using the CCSSO Criteria for High Quality Assessments: Focus on Test Content

Because the results from state assessments are often used for high stakes purposes, it is important that the assessments themselves are of high quality. In this publication, the authors propose a methodology for evaluating state assessments for summative purposes. They describe their methodology...

Number of views: 111
Date created: 02/24/2016 - 17:23

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: 100
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:50

What Are Teachers' and School Leaders' Major Concerns About New K–12 State Tests?

The implementation of new consortia-based tests (Smarter Balanced and PARCC) has created concern among both educators and school leaders about increased test difficulty, score accuracy, technology, and educator readiness to prepare students for the new assessments. In this brief report, the authors...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 32
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:48

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

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts: Considerations for Assessing English Language Learner Students

Intended for districts and other local educational agencies (LEAs), this paper focuses on how to conduct a comprehensive review of school and district assessment systems with regard to English language learners (ELLs). This document supplements Achieve's Student Assessment Inventory for School...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 84
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:06

BetterLesson

BetterLesson is an online site dedicated to providing educators with access to high-quality tools and resources that support implementation and alignment to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The site features lessons and resources from over 130 selected Master Teachers from across the country...

Number of views: 56
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 10:54

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science

The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science supports educators conducting in-depth evaluations of the quality of lessons and units that appear in published materials or are educator-created. The EQuIP Rubric for science extends the work of previous...

Number of views: 250
Date created: 06/04/2015 - 14:06

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