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. 

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Year Two Progress Report from the Great City Schools

This report presents the results from a second-year survey of progress made by urban public school districts as they implement the Common Core State Standards. The survey covers a wide range of implementation topics, including professional development activities in English language arts and math;...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 36
Date created: 02/11/2014 - 11:41

NAESP Leadership for the Common Core Survey

Two surveys, reflecting the views of more than 1,000 principals in 14 states that have adopted CCSS, show that the majority of the nation’s elementary and middle-level principals strongly agree that CCSS will provide more meaningful assessments of student learning, increase students’ skill mastery...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 10
Date created: 01/30/2014 - 12:03

Early Language Development Standards

The purpose of the E-ELD standards is to provide a developmentally sound framework for instructing and assessing dual language learners, ages 2.5–5.5 years, which aligns with existing WIDA ELD Standards for Kindergarten through Grade 12 and corresponds to states’ Early Learning Standards. The E-ELD...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 140
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 12:01

States’ Perspectives on Waivers: Relief from NCLB, Concern about Long-term Solutions

This report describes states’ early experiences in applying for flexibility from key requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as NCLB waivers, and their plans for implementing the new systems outlined in their applications.  Findings from the 38 survey states...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 10
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:05

Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment

This resource focuses on the writing achievement of American students, most of whom do not write well enough to meet grade-level demands, despite improvement in the last 20 years (Salahu-Din, Persky, & Miller, 2008). The inability to effectively convey thoughts and ideas through writing is...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 39
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Achieving with Data: How High-performing School Systems use Data to Improve Instruction for Elementary Students

This report is the second in a three-part research effort to investigate the prevalence of performance-driven practices in urban school districts across the country. The study captures the details of data-driven instructional decision making at the classroom, school, and system levels in two urban...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 2,225
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Formative Assessment Systems: Evaluating the Fit between School Districts' Needs and Assessment Systems' Characteristics

This study describes how districts search for and acquire formative assessment systems to meet their needs. It focuses on three school districts that adopted three different formative assessment systems. The findings suggest the fit between a system’s characteristics and a school district’s...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 16
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Teachers’ Ability to Use Data to Inform Instruction: Challenges and Supports

This report describes an exploratory substudy on teachers’ thinking about data conducted in conjunction with the larger Study of Education Data Systems and Decision Making data collection and the implications of the substudy findings for teacher preparation and support.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 144
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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