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. 

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: 49
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

Reform Integration Framework and Resource Guide

This resource provides state and local education agencies with guidance in ways to help educators integrate college- and career-readiness standards, aligned assessments, and educator evaluation and support systems. The Reform Integration Framework helps state and local education leaders a process...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:27

A Framework for Considering Interim Assessments

The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework for evaluating mid-level assessments, which the authors call interim assessments, to help state and district leaders thoughtfully examine commercially available products or develop strong specifications. Additionally, the guidelines provided are...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 72
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 14:03

None of the Above: A New Approach to Testing and Assessment

This report by Educators 4 Excellence, a teacher-led organization that seeks to elevate the voices of teachers in policy discussions, presents recommendations for changes to the current systems of evaluating student performance in light of Common Core implementation. A group of 14 teachers worked...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 13:55

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts

This tool by Achieve allows districts leaders to inventory their assessments and assessment strategies from a student perspective.

Number of views: 146
Date created: 10/15/2014 - 15:46

Common Core State Standards Assessments: Challenges and Opportunities

Morgan Polikoff, an assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, examines the opportunities and challenges that educators face with assessments based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). There are potential benefits to the CCSS and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 10/10/2014 - 12:50

Against All Odds: Reversing Low Achievement of One School's Native American Students

This article is about Lapwai Elementary School, located on the Nez Perce Reservation in northern Idaho, which serves a K–6 population of 302 students, 84 percent of whom are Native American, and its success in raising student achievement. The article discusses the steps and initiatives that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 144
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 12:00

Coherent and Sequenced Curriculum Key to Implementing Common Core Standards

In this EdSource article, Bill Honig, chairman of the Instructional Quality Commission and former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, writes that there is a crucial middle step missing in many district's implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 77
Date created: 09/18/2014 - 11:29

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