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. 

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: 76
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

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: 147
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 12:00

Oregon’s Guidance for District CCSS Implementation

The purpose of this document is to help districts determine where they are on the implementation continuum for Common Core State Standards. The tool is organized by 10 anchor statements, and users rate themselves on the anchor statements by the following levels: awareness, transition to...

Number of views: 24
Date created: 08/26/2014 - 15:04

Montana Common Core Standards Stages of Implementation Continuum

Montana’s Common Core Standards Stages of Implementation Continuum is a one-page document that outlines the state’s 6 stages of implementation. The stages are grouped into three categories (explore, implement, and sustain), and each stage has short college and career ready descriptors.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 37
Date created: 08/26/2014 - 15:01

CCSS Systems Implementation Guide

The California Department of Education’s online CCSS Systems Implementation Guide was developed to support local education agencies (LEAs) in developing their own local plan for CCSS implementation, based on local needs and resources. The online guide is organized into seven guiding strategies,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 162
Date created: 08/26/2014 - 14:55

State Accountability in the Transition to Common Core

This policy brief from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute presents advice on challenges to Common Core transitions. A research team from Fordham interviewed key policymakers and influentials in five states (Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and New York) to gather information on how the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 07/02/2014 - 11:17