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. 

The Progress of Education Reform: Science in the Early Years

This paper discusses how early science instruction has positive effects not only on readiness and achievement within the subject but also in reading and mathematics. It claims that many children are unprepared to achieve in school, in part because of a low quality of science instruction in early-...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:08

English Language Learners: A Growing—Yet Underserved—Student Population

This issue of the Progress of Education Reform presents research and data on the educational issues related to the US English language learner (ELL) population. The brief calls for urgency in supporting the fastest growing population of students in K–12 schools. Key takeaways from the research and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 399
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:04

Formative Assessment—Supporting Students' Learning

This paper provides information on the elements of formative assessment and the role of formative assessment in teaching and learning. It also elaborates on three formative assessment research projects at ETS. These include projects focused on the use of learning progressions, targeted professional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 53
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 17:47

Common Core From a Tribal Perspective

In this Education Week commentary, education director Kevin Shendo (Pueblo of Jemez, N.M.) writes that the Common Core has opened the "door to opportunities that exist in challenging our teachers to make the diverse communities . . . an extension of their classrooms." He suggests that the Common...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 18
Date created: 08/31/2015 - 15:51

Attributes of Effective Formative Assessment

From the resource: "This document presents the definition of formative assessment and identifies and explains the five attributes of effective formative assessment. One key feature of this definition is its requirement that formative assessment be regarded as a process rather than a particular kind...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 213
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:21

Formative Assessment: Examples of Practice

This document shares some examples of the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) definition of formative assessment in practice. The first section of the document provides readers with vignettes of classroom scenarios, some showing formative assessment and others showing classrooms without...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 396
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:21

The Role of Learning Progressions in Competency-Based Pathways

From the Introduction: "In early 2015, leaders within Achieve’s Competency-Based Pathways State Partnership set out to more clearly understand the potential of learning progressions research to transform instructional practice and what is being done to translate that research into training and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:20

Edutopia - Curriculum Planning

The Edutopia website's page for curriculum planning provides various resources to help educators create year-long instructional plans. Two key resources include the guide for curriculum planning and the series of videos that illustrate different case studies of curriculum planning examples from...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 76
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:00