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. 

The Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force (HB14-1202): Report of Findings and Recommendations

In 2014, the Colorado General Assembly created the Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force to study Colorado’s state and local assessment systems. A key goal was to reduce the testing burden on school districts and schools, as well as to address technology assessment needs and costs. Although...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:42

Opt Out: An Examination of Issues

During the past few years, media reports have highlighted an increase in the number of parents who are opting their children out of annual state tests, often called the opt-out movement. In this paper, researcher Randy Bennett examines issues related to the movement including: the amount of time...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 62
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:07

Dear Colleague Letter on Stakeholder Engagement—June 23, 2016

In this letter, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) provides suggestions for engaging with stakeholders around the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. USED also provides suggested resources to support the development of a stakeholder engagement plan. 

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 35
Date created: 06/24/2016 - 09:26

Let’s Get This Conversation Started: Strategies, Tools, Examples and Resources to Help States Engage with Stakeholders to Develop and Implement their ESSA Plans

Developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers, this publication is designed to guide state education agencies in the development of their ESSA plans. It "provides: -- Detailed guidance on stakeholder engagement strategies; -- State examples of effective [engagement] strategies; --...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 54
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:43

Let’s Continue this Conversation: How to Turn New Stakeholder Connections into Long-Term Relationships

This guide is intended to help states assess the engagement strategies used during the ESSA development stage, identify the ones to sustain or refine, and develop a long-term plan that will continue to create opportunities for stakeholders to be heard on this and other education issues.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 36
Date created: 01/12/2018 - 09:10