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. 

Executive Summary - Making the Most of Interim Assessment Data: Lessons from Philadelphia

This multi-method qualitative study focuses on interim data use in 10 low performing elementary schools in Philadelphia. It focuses on how schools and instructional communities within those schools (grade level teams, instructional leadership teams) use interim data for instructional improvement at...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 12
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 15:49

From Testing to Teaching: The Use of Interim Assessments in Classroom Instruction

This research report shares the results of a mixed methods qualitative study of interim assessment use in mathematics in eight relatively high performing elementary schools from two Pennsylvania school districts, Philadelphia and Cumberland. Both districts used the same curriculum and offered...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 80
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 15:22

Using Interim Assessments Instead of Summative? Consideration of an ESSA Option

This technical report (presented at a CCSSO conference) shares the ESSA provision that both enables and lays out requirements for using interim assessments in place of a single end of year assessment for state accountability purposes. The authors’ guidance for considering the use of interim...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 94
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 15:04

An Approach for Evaluating the Technical Quality of Interim Assessments

This article describes six criteria areas that should be considered in evaluating interim assessments: Test purpose and use, Test development and documentation (Item-level, test-level, and multiple test level criteria), Administration and inclusion,  Test scores and reports, Test utility, and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 82
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 16:40

Building an Interim Assessment System: A Workbook for School Districts

This workbook offers states and districts a set of questions and issues that they should consider in determining their readiness and in selecting and/or evaluating an existing interim assessment. The questions are intended to be answered by various stakeholder groups in collaboration, not by a...

Number of views: 63
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 16:18

The Role of Interim Assessments in a Comprehensive Assessment System

This informative brief lays out general questions that districts should consider before making a decision to use interim assessment:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 209
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 15:36

Making Benchmark Testing Work

The article discusses six criteria that can be used to evaluate the validity of benchmark tests: alignment, diagnostic value, fairness, technical quality, utility, and feasibility (see also Linn, Baker, & Dunbar, 1991). Based on these criteria, the authors summarize their perspective in six...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 47
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 15:26

Interim Assessment Practices and Avenues for State Involvement

This report was commissioned by the Technical Issues in Large Assessment SCASS (State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards) Testing of the Council of Chief State School Officers. The report defines interim assessment, differentiates it from formative assessment, and describes how...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 85
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 14:30