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. 

Supporting Formative Assessment for Deeper Learning: A Primer for Policymakers

This primer argues that effective formative assessment is essential to successfully implementing new college- and career-ready standards. It explains what formative assessment is, how it works in practice, and why it is critically important in fostering powerful pedagogy and 21st-century...

Number of views: 103
Date created: 01/18/2017 - 11:20

Moving from Compliance to Agency: What Teachers Need to Make Professional Learning Work

This resource reports on research conducted by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) and Learning Forward. It seeks to uncover the reasons why teachers' experience with professional learning has been generally unhelpful at facilitating their classroom work that impacts...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 12:59

Knowing the Score: The Who, What, and Why of Testing

This brief provides information about K–12 testing with the goal of helping parents, educators, policymakers, and others make decisions about testing policies in their community and state. Background information is provided, as well as answers to common questions about K–12 testing, including the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 48
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

What Works Best in Education: The Politics of Collaborative Expertise

From the introduction: "What we need... is a defensible and compelling narrative that leads to long-term, coherent and focused system-wide attention on student learning. I call this territory ‘the politics of collaborative expertise’. Its premise is that there is differential expertise across our...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 42
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 09:24