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: 105
Date created: 01/18/2017 - 11:20

Ohio Testing Report and Recommendations

In response to the Ohio Governor and General Assembly 2014 request, the Ohio Department of Education conducted a survey of the number of tests administered to students with the intended goal of reducing the amount of time that students spend on test taking and test preparation activities. The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:41

Testing Reform Victories 2015: Growing Grassroots Movement Rolls Back Testing Overkill

As its title suggests, the authors of this publication present information related to recent changes in state and district assessment policies. Those issues include: Graduation Test Policies  Test-Based Grade Retention Opting Out of Testing Public Opinion about Tests Tests for College Admissions;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:41

Illinois Assessment Literacy Training Module

This website contains a 39-page guide, Guiding Principles for Classroom Assessment, that discusses assessment design, preparation, analysis, and quality (reliability, validity, cultural diversity, and fairness). A 4.5-minute webinar, Introduction to Balanced Assessment, gives an overview of a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 224
Date created: 12/22/2015 - 14:10

Indigenous Students and Literacy and Numeracy: What Does the Research Say?

From the Publisher: "[Australian] Indigenous students typically achieve at significantly lower levels than non-Indigenous students by the time they reach year 3. This article reports on the findings of a longitudinal study conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research called the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 44
Date created: 09/29/2015 - 15:54

Parent Assessment Event Toolkit

The purpose of this PTA toolkit is to help answer parents' questions about new state assessments aligned to new college and career readiness standards. The toolkit includes a broad variety of resources, including information about PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments, assessment PowerPoint...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 38
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:12

Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards, Aligned Assessments and Related Reforms: Cross-State Findings

The Southern Regional Education Board conducted a multi-year study of how 14 states are implementing college- and career-ready standards. This report is part of a series for the "Benchmarking State Implementation of Common Core Standards" project.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 89
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:43

First Nations Schools Report Points to Education Gap

In this short article, CBC News summarizes an evaluation that found that Canada's First Nations' schools (native students on reserves) have lower quality teaching, an inferior curriculum, and fail to provide proper services for children with special needs, compared to other Canadian students. The...

Number of views: 7
Date created: 02/02/2015 - 14:39

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