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. 

Capturing the Dimensions of Effective Teaching: Student Achievement Gains, Student Surveys, and Classroom Observations

In this article, Thomas Kane describes findings from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, the largest study of instructional practice ever conducted. So far, the findings of the project reveal that for teacher evaluation systems should rely on...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 14
Date created: 08/13/2014 - 13:42

Challenges in Evaluating Special Education Teachers and English Language Learner Specialists

The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, with support from the Council for Exceptional Children, conducted a study with administrators and state and district directors of special education on policies and practices the evaluation of special education teachers and English language...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 28
Date created: 07/10/2014 - 11:01

Instructional Alignment as a Measure of Teaching Quality

Article abstract: “Recent years have seen the convergence of two major policy streams in U.S. K–12 education: standards/accountability and teacher quality reforms. Work in these areas has led to the creation of multiple measures of teacher quality, including measures of their instructional...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 101
Date created: 07/02/2014 - 11:19

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

Choosing Blindly: Instructional Materials, Teacher Effectiveness, and the Common Core

Instructional materials have important effects on student learning, but there is a lack of research on the effectiveness of most instructional materials, and a there is little systematic information being collected on which materials are being used in schools. Chingos and Whitehurst believe the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 32
Date created: 06/05/2014 - 14:25

Connecting Common Core to Teacher Evaluation

This article in AASA’s School Administrator magazine says that rigorous instructional demands tied to standards warrant system-wide supports at the supervisor level. The author says that to address the Common Core standards effectively, teachers and their school district supervisors must ensure...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 117
Date created: 05/08/2014 - 11:20

One Piece of the Whole: Teacher Evaluation as Part of a Comprehensive System for Teaching and Learning

In this American Educator magazine article, Stanford Researcher Linda Darling Hammond argues that the United States needs a conception of teacher evaluation as part of a teaching and learning system that supports continuous improvement. She says that initiatives to develop teaching quality must...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 70
Date created: 04/24/2014 - 15:09

Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change

Based on a survey of more than 20,000 teachers nationwide, this report found that an increasing number of teachers feel prepared to teach the Common Core (75% in 2013 compared to 59% in 2011). However, 76% of teachers said that they "require additional planning time, with a similar number pointing...

Number of views: 37
Date created: 04/11/2014 - 13:32

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