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. 

Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation High School Assessments

The purpose of this study was to evaluate four high school-level assessments—three new, multi-state assessments (ACT Aspire, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced) and a well-regarded existing state assessment (Massachusetts' state exam [MCAS])—based on new criteria developed by the Council of Chief State...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 34
Date created: 02/24/2016 - 12:52

Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments

This study's purpose was to evaluate the quality of four standardized assessments—three new, multi-state assessments (ACT Aspire, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced) and a well-regarded existing state assessment (Massachusetts' state exam [MCAS])—to determine whether they met new criteria developed by the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 77
Date created: 02/16/2016 - 14:58

Statement from the Working Group on ELL Policy Re: Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

The Working Group on ELL Policy consists of experts who research effective educational policy and strategies for ELL students. The Working Group advocates four guiding principles for the inclusion of ELLs in federal legislation that affect state and local agencies:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 155
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:54

Quality Counts 2016: Report and Rankings

This is the 20th edition of Education Week's Quality Counts report - Called to Account: New Directions in School Accountability - which focuses on how new state and federal policies have transformed assessment and accountability for schools. Quality Counts includes reports and articles written by...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 146
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:52

What Are Teachers' and School Leaders' Major Concerns About New K–12 State Tests?

The implementation of new consortia-based tests (Smarter Balanced and PARCC) has created concern among both educators and school leaders about increased test difficulty, score accuracy, technology, and educator readiness to prepare students for the new assessments. In this brief report, the authors...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 32
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:48

Backward Design for Forward Action

This publication provides a concise overview of a three-stage, data-driven backward planning process to improve student learning. This backward design process proposes systemic changes at the classroom, school, and district levels in order to develop meaningful assessments and learning plans. The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 142
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:20

Evaluating State and Local Assessment Systems - Presentation at National Title I Conference

CSAI Co-Director Deborah Sigman presented at the National Title I Conference with Patrick Rooney (USED) and two educators from Illinois about evaluating state and local assessment systems. In the presentation, Deborah shared some of the resources available on the CSAI website. The Title I...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 62
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 15:18

Lessons Learned About Instruction from Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in College and Career Ready Assessments

The brief was prepared in response to the challenges students with disabilities have experienced with the new assessments. Designed to offer information coupled with these challenges, Margaret Heritage and Sheryl Lazarus provide instructional solutions and resources that state education agencies (...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 132
Date created: 01/26/2016 - 14:51

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