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. 

The 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform

This online report provides findings from the ninth annual Education Next survey, administered in May and June 2015. The survey was given to a nationally representative sample of some 4,000 respondents, including oversamples of roughly 700 teachers, 700 African Americans, and 700 Hispanics. The...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 29
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:20

Results of President Obama’s Race to the Top

From the Publisher: "This study examines the effects of Obama’s Race to the Top [funding initiative] on education policymaking around the country. The overall findings . . . indicate that Race to the Top had a meaningful impact on the production of education policy across the United States. In its ...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 109
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:03

Motivation Matters: How New Research Can Help Teachers Boost Student Engagement

From the summary: [The author's of this resource] "define key terms, discuss new research findings, and examine promising classroom strategies for improving students’ engagement in learning. The report is organized according to three major factors that contribute to student motivation: rewards and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 59
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 09:22

Implementing Competency Education in K–12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

This paper seeks to map out the terrain of the district implementation strategies being used to convert traditional systems into personalized, competency-based ones.  It aspires to prepare readers to begin a transformational process. Four stages of implementation are proposed in the paper:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:13

The Need to Use Evidence in School-Based K–12 Improvement Efforts

In this brief paper, the author suggests that "to empower teachers to use data effectively, schools and districts need to engage in the systematic collection and analysis of evidence as part of an ongoing school improvement cycle." Based on research and practice, she identifies and explains "four...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 71
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:01

In Effort to Fix Tribal Schools, Feds Face Doubts

This 2015 Education Week articles summarizes many of the challenges facing federal plans to "turn more control of Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools to tribes." American Indian students attending BIE schools remain some of the lowest-performing in the country; consequently the proposal to...

Number of views: 19
Date created: 08/31/2015 - 16:23

The Role of Strategic Communications in the Transition to New Academic Standards and Assessments: Case Studies of Tennessee and Kentucky

This case study examines how the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the state of Tennessee managed communications in the transition to more rigorous standards. The authors present eight important lessons including: proactive communication; coordinated communication; educator engagement; simple messages;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:11

Next-Generation Accountability Systems: An Overview of Current State Policies and Practices

This report describes next-generation accountability concepts that states have either designed or implemented. Many concepts are derived through ESEA flexibility waivers that exempted states from many of the accountability requirements of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, the current iteration of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 49
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:58

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