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. 

Focusing on the How: Guidance for School and District Leaders on Supporting Teachers Through the Transition to the Common Core

This paper is designed to help school and district leaders reflect on their efforts to support their teachers' transition to the Common Core and to identify one or two priority areas on which to focus as they  move forward with their implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The paper is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 06/09/2014 - 12:06

A Focused Look at Schools Receiving School Improvement Grants that Have Percentages of English Language Learner Students

This National Center for Education Evaluation (NCEE) brief focuses on 11 case study schools that that received federal funds through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program from 2010-11 to 2012-13. These schools had a high proportion of English Language Learner Students (ELLs).

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 05/23/2014 - 10:18

Prepare for More Realistic Test Results

In this article from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the authors say that the potential drop in reported state proficiency rates when the new CCSSM assessments are implemented will require adjusted expectations. The authors provide evidence from NAEP, TIMSS and NCLB to support...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 6
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:31

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Year Two Progress Report from the Great City Schools

This report presents the results from a second-year survey of progress made by urban public school districts as they implement the Common Core State Standards. The survey covers a wide range of implementation topics, including professional development activities in English language arts and math;...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 36
Date created: 02/11/2014 - 11:41

Promoting College and Career Readiness: A Pocket Guide for State and District Leaders

This Pocket Guide focuses on the implementation of school reforms related to college and career readiness in ESEA flexibility plan requirements. To prepare this guide, AIR researchers reviewed the 35 approved state ESEA flexibility plans to identify policies and practices relevant to college and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 15
Date created: 02/11/2014 - 11:40

School-based Professional Learning for Implementing the Common Core

These fours units are designed to give principals and teacher leaders professional learning resources and develop their ability to facilitate job-embedded, school-based professional learning. Complete with background information, tools, slides, and handouts, the four modules cover key topics in...

Number of views: 23
Date created: 02/11/2014 - 10:11

Using Data to Inform Practice: Effective Principal Leadership Strategies

This study examines the leadership strategies of principals to increase knowledge about how principals may effectively lead faculty in using data. The authors address two research questions: 1.What is a research-based set of strategies that principals may employ in leading their faculty to use data...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 47
Date created: 02/05/2014 - 16:48

How Can Teachers and Schools Use Data Effectively?

This article seeks to provide guidance for schools and teachers interested in using data to improve students’ mathematics achievement. The article covers types of data uses, structural supports for data use, and steps in data use.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 159
Date created: 02/05/2014 - 16:44