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. 

Re-Balancing Assessment: Placing Formative and Performance Assessment at the Heart of Learning and Accountability

From the overview: "we call for replacing our current, unbalanced formula of summative assessments and external pressure with a new, more balanced formula for assessment and accountability centered around curriculum-embedded performance assessments or CEPAs—classroom-based instructional units that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 80
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:33

Answering the Questions That Count

In this brief Educational Leadership article, the authors draw from their personal experiences to illustrate the value of answering essential questions prior to data collection. They examine three components of systematic data use: data quality, data capacity, and data culture. Each component is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 80
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:51

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: 110
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:50

No Schools Left Behind

In this eight-page article, the author describes and illustrates a specific process for using different types of data to improve student outcomes, including achievement. She defines and illustrates four types of data that schools should gather, including demographics, student learning, perception,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 40
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:48

Backward Design for Forward Action

This publication provides a concise overview of a three-stage, data-driven backward planning process to improve student learning. This backward design process proposes systemic changes at the classroom, school, and district levels in order to develop meaningful assessments and learning plans. The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 151
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:20

Improving Teaching and Learning with Data-Based Decisions: Asking the Right Questions and Acting on the Answers

This resource provides information on data-based decision making to help schools increase student achievement, focusing on the use of data to inform instructional and curricular change. Included is an overview on how educators can use assessments with different purposes to gather various types of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 163
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:15

Evaluating State and Local Assessment Systems - Presentation at National Title I Conference

CSAI Co-Director Deborah Sigman presented at the National Title I Conference with Patrick Rooney (USED) and two educators from Illinois about evaluating state and local assessment systems. In the presentation, Deborah shared some of the resources available on the CSAI website. The Title I...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 62
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 15:18

Measures for a College and Career Indicator: Innovative Measures

From the publishers: "This white paper considers innovative measures—specifically metacognitive assessments, performance assessments, and the California State Seal of Biliteracy—as potential measures to be included in California’s college and career indicator. The white paper begins by describing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 99
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 18:05

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