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. 

Testing College Readiness

Commissioned by the Massachusetts' Executive Office of Education, this study was designed by Mathematica to provide timely, rigorous evidence on how accurately two tests (MCAS and PARCC) assess college readiness.  Prior to its authorization, there was no reliable evidence that could demonstrate...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 27
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:15

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: 49
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

Predictive Validity of MCAS and PARCC: Comparing 10th Grade MCAS Tests to PARCC Integrated Math II, Algebra II, and 10th Grade English Language Arts Tests

From the Executive Summary: "The Massachusetts Executive Office of Education commissioned this study to provide timely, rigorous evidence on the extent to which MCAS and PARCC test scores can accurately assess whether students will succeed in college (recognizing that this was not the original aim...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 31
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:15

Common Core & ELLs: Lesson Plans

Colorín Colorado has published three English language arts (ELA) units that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and target English language learners' (ELLs) literacy and language needs. These units for grades 1, 4, and 8 were developed by a group of teachers from Albuquerque, New Mexico...

Number of views: 895
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:29

CCSSO Webinar: Overview of the English Language Proficiency Development Framework

This resource is a slide presentation document highlighting the guiding premises, conceptualization, and purpose of the English Language Development Proficiency Framework (ELPD). It serves as an introductory source presented by the authoring committee of the ELPD, showing the relationship between...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 77
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 10:59

Blueprint for College Readiness: 50-State Policy Analysis Data Portal

This online database is a companion to the Blueprint for College Readiness report. The online database portal is interactive; users can explore the 50-state analysis by clicking the different policies. The database is also designed to respond to the unique needs of states.

Number of views: 15
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:30

Blueprint for College Readiness: A 50-State Policy Analysis

The Blueprint Report is designed by state leaders to feature a menu of 10 critical policies that promote college readiness and success, specifically improving student success and transition from high school to post-secondary education. The Blueprint "is designed to serve as a framework to help K–12...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:28

A Complete Definition of College and Career Readiness

David Conley, a researcher and expert on the topic of college and career readiness, defines what it means to be college and career ready. Although a "student who is ready for college and career can qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses leading to a baccalaureate or...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 76
Date created: 09/18/2014 - 09:39

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