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. 

Next-Generation Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for English Learners: Priorities for Policy and Research

The English Language Proficiency Assessment Research Working Meeting: Summative Assessments (i.e., the Working Meeting) took place on June 11, 2014. The focus of the Working Meeting was on the annual, summative English language proficiency (ELP) assessments. Presentations on key issues and research...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 69
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 10:51

Council of State Science Supervisors: Large-Scale Assessment Discussions

The Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) is a professional organization made up of science education specialists from states and territories of the United States. The organization provides science education resources, including resources related to assessment and, more specifically,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 74
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:35

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Interactive Computer Tasks (ICTs)

In 2009, NAEP administered two types of innovative science assessments: Hands-on Tasks (HOTs) and Interactive Computer Tasks (ICTs). The released tasks include samples of innovative item types and innovative evidence types to demonstrate how hard-to-measure constructs, similar to what are called...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 205
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:39

Supporting English Language Learners: A Pocket Guide for State and District Leaders

This guide, developed by the Center for English Language Learners at AIR, summarizes the ELL-relevant information presented in approved applications for Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waivers. The guide includes information on: requirements for each principle related to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 35
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:14

Making Career Readiness Count

The purpose of this brief is to ensure that the “career” in states’ college- and career-ready standards is not an afterthought but features prominently in states’ accountability and public reporting systems. The brief examines how states are currently using career-focused indicators in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:24

The California K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative Launches

This resource announces the launching of the first national K–8 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Early Implementation Initiative, whereby eight school districts throughout California will be collaborating and participating in leadership training for teachers and administrators and in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 136
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:31

Using Student Growth Percentiles During the Assessment Transition: Technical, Practical and Political Implications

This paper highlights technical, practical, and policy considerations for using growth percentiles during the assessment transition (generally 2014 to 2015) period to support state accountability efforts, and it recommends analyses and guidelines to help inform decisions in light of these...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:32

A New Era for Educational Assessment

From the abstract: "In this article, David Conley focuses on how to assess meaningful learning in ways that promote student achievement while simultaneously meeting system accountability needs. The article draws upon research that supports the notion that a major shift in educational assessment is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:49

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