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. 

States’ Flexibility Waiver Plans for Alternate Assessments Based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS)

This report compiles, analyzes, and summarizes states’ waiver applications for flexibility from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requirements regarding alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS). The report analyzed states’ ESEA waiver applications that...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 14
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:02

Findings and Recommendations Prepared by the Bureau of Indian Education Study Group Submitted to the Secretaries of the Departments of the Interior and Education

In 2013, Secretary Sally Jewell of the U.S. Department of the Interior and Secretary Arne Duncan of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) formed an American Indian Education Study Group, consisting of academics, school practitioners, lawyers, and experts in American Indian affairs. The purpose of...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 105
Date created: 12/24/2014 - 09:01

2014 Teacher Prep Review: A Review of the Nation's Teacher Preparation Programs

The United States is starting to examine its teacher preparation schools and how they can improve the quality of teachers they produce. In the second edition of the National Council on Teacher Quality's annual assessment of the nation's 1,668 teacher prep programs, this review shows that although...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 30
Date created: 12/22/2014 - 12:38

Reform Integration Framework and Resource Guide

This resource provides state and local education agencies with guidance in ways to help educators integrate college- and career-readiness standards, aligned assessments, and educator evaluation and support systems. The Reform Integration Framework helps state and local education leaders a process...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:27

Testing Overload in America’s Schools

The goals of this study were to obtain a better understanding of how much time students spend taking tests and to identify the degree to which the tests are mandated by districts or states. The study focused on 14 urban and suburban districts in seven states during the 2013-14 school year....

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 94
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 14:02

None of the Above: A New Approach to Testing and Assessment

This report by Educators 4 Excellence, a teacher-led organization that seeks to elevate the voices of teachers in policy discussions, presents recommendations for changes to the current systems of evaluating student performance in light of Common Core implementation. A group of 14 teachers worked...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 13:55

Using Teacher Evaluation Reform and Professional Development to Support Common Core Assessments

In this report, Peter Youngs, an associate professor of educational policy at Michigan State University, discusses the efforts to develop and implement Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and assessments and outlines how past attempts to enact standards-based reform have been impeded by limitations...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 16
Date created: 11/03/2014 - 09:55

Common Core State Standards Assessments: Challenges and Opportunities

Morgan Polikoff, an assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, examines the opportunities and challenges that educators face with assessments based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). There are potential benefits to the CCSS and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 10/10/2014 - 12:50

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