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. 

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: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

This non-regulatory guidance from the U.S. Department of Education discusses the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program that has been authorized to support the capacity of states and districts to support its students. The provisions of SSAE are detailed, including information on...

Number of views: 33
Date created: 10/21/2016 - 10:04

Non-Regulatory Guidance: Early Learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act: Expanding Opportunities to Support our Youngest Learners

The U.S. Department of Education reiterates the importance of early childhood learning and provides further information on the use of federal funding for early education services. Also included is guidance on how states can support early education opportunities for students from special populations...

Number of views: 23
Date created: 10/20/2016 - 11:52

Supporting School Reform by Leveraging Federal Funds in a Schoolwide Program: Non-Regulatory Guidance

This document provides further detail and information on the use of federal Title I funds in school improvement efforts. Schools can use Title I funding to operate a schoolwide program; included are examples of programs schools might use to support students. This guidance also clarifies...

Number of views: 73
Date created: 10/20/2016 - 11:39

U.S. Education Department Approves Extension of New Hampshire's Competency-Based Assessment Pilot

In this release, the U.S. Department of Education shared news of New Hampshire receiving a one-year extension of the state's competency-based assessment pilot. This extension will include a total of nine districts across the state.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 27
Date created: 10/07/2016 - 09:54

Non-Regulatory Guidance for Title II, Part A: Building Systems of Support for Excellent Teaching and Leading

This non-regulatory guidance has been released to guide use of Title II, Part A funding to more effectively attract, select, place, support, and retain excellent educators. In this guidance document, the U.S. Department of Education outlines strategies and examples of how states' Title II, Part A...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 33
Date created: 09/27/2016 - 10:48

Dear Colleague Letter on Frequently Asked Questions about Tribal Consultation—September 26, 2016

In this document, the U.S. Department of Education outlines the requirements of section 8538 under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Section 8538 requires local education agencies (LEAs) to consult with Indian tribes and tribal organizations on issues impacting Native students. In doing so, the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 31
Date created: 09/27/2016 - 10:11