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. 

What States can Learn about State Standards and Assessment Systems from No Child Left Behind Documents and Interviews with Central Region Assessment Directors

The purpose of this study is to describe the No Child Left Behind requirements for state standards and assessment systems. The authors examined official documents and peer review decision letters and included interviews with state assessment directors in the Central Region to highlight the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Fact or Fiction

The subject of this column is “decision-based data-making.” This is not a misprint. Educational leaders and policymakers pride themselves on “data-based decision-making,” but discerning school board members must evaluate carefully which came first—the data or the decision. With that, this article...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 18
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

A Summary of the Research on the Effects of Test Accommodations: 2005–2006

This report provides an update on testing accommodations research, with a focus on the effect of accommodations on students with disabilities (SWDs). The primary purpose of the research featured in this review is to evaluate the comparability of test scores when assessments are administered with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 48
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Seductive Allure of Data

In this article, James Popham helps to differentiate between the overwhelming data from achievement tests and data that will lead to improved instruction and learning.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 47
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

How Should We Measure Student Learning? 5 Keys to Comprehensive Assessment

This article addresses the following: How should we measure student learning? Testing represents a commitment to high academic standards and school accountability. When the financial and emotional stakes associated with standardized tests are disproportionately high, this laudable goal becomes...

Number of views: 25
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Coherence: Key to Next Generation Assessment Success

This guide provides recommendations on coherent assessment systems that improve student learning.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 15
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Education Week: Spotlight on Assessment Website

The Education Week Spotlight on Assessment is a collection of articles hand-picked by Education Week editors including the following topics: classroom evidence of learning, formative assessment, computer-adaptive testing, the promises and challenges of open-ended test items, and the debate over...

Number of views: 26
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

What Four States are Doing to Support Local Data-Driven Decision Making: Policies, Practices, and Programs

This report documents how four state education agencies are supporting local data-driven decisionmaking through their policies, practices, and programs for creating data systems, improving data access and use, and building district and school capacity to use data.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 26
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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