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. 

Check State Plans

The interactive Check State Plans website allows users to review the first 17 submitted state plans and see what education experts identify as strengths and weaknesses in each plan. The site also presents 9 important elements included in the plans (e.g., goals, standards and assessment, continuous...

Number of views: 122
Date created: 09/20/2017 - 16:34

Revised State Template for the Consolidated State Plan: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act

On March 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education released an updated Every Student Succeeds Act consolidated state plan template, accompanied by the following press release:  "In a letter delivered today to chief state school officers, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provided clarity on...

Number of views: 25
Date created: 03/16/2017 - 11:09

Evidence-Based Improvement: A Guide for States to Strengthen Their Frameworks and Supports Aligned to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA

To support states and local districts in selecting and implementing evidence-based improvement strategies, WestEd researchers have published a set of tools for this work. These tools provide guidance for examining state and local evidence-based decisions, with tools designed specifically for states...

Number of views: 41
Date created: 01/17/2017 - 15:21

Assessment Inventory Resource

For states and local education agencies looking to align their assessment systems with the principles of the Testing Action Plan, this resources provides suggestions for questions and data to collect. These questions can guide action to assess and modify assessment systems. In this resource,...

Number of views: 232
Date created: 11/18/2016 - 14:38

Overview of Major Assessment Types in Standards-Based Instruction

This overview is designed to help state education agencies, local education agencies, schools, educators, partner organizations, and other stakeholders understand the differences between major assessment types in standards-based instruction. Formative, Diagnostic, Interim/Benchmark, and Summative...

Number of views: 444
Date created: 11/02/2016 - 17:23

Non-Regulatory Guidance: Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments

This guide is designed to help state education agencies, local education agencies, schools, educators, partner organizations, and other stakeholders select and implement interventions that improve student outcomes. In this guide, USED provides steps for effective decision-making regarding selection...

Number of views: 87
Date created: 09/16/2016 - 10:32