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. 

Applying Universal Design to the Common Core

The topic for this segment of Bam! Radio (an all-education radio network that offers programming from top education organizations and leaders) is about Universal Design. Guest Dr. Katie Novak (Title I Director, ELL Director, and Reading coordinator in Chelmsford Public Schools) discusses teacher...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:11

What do I need to know about the Common Core? Top 8 Questions Parents Ask Teachers

The top eight questions about the Common Core that parents ask teachers are answered in this resource. Written by a group of teachers for parents, this resource provides answers to questions regarding where the Common Core came from, who wrote the standards, and how the Common Core differs from...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 21
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:07

Blueprint for College Readiness: A 50-State Policy Analysis

The Blueprint Report is designed by state leaders to feature a menu of 10 critical policies that promote college readiness and success, specifically improving student success and transition from high school to post-secondary education. The Blueprint "is designed to serve as a framework to help K–12...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:28

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

Smarter Balanced “Tests of the Test” Successful: Field Test Provides Clear Path Forward

In spring 2014, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium conducted field tests of its online assessment system. This report, prepared on behalf of Smarter Balanced, describes the major themes from survey results across 13 of the 22 consortium states regarding the field tests. Each of the 13...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 17
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:26

Learning Progressions Frameworks Designed for Use with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts & Literacy K-12

This document presents a learning progression of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and literacy. Included is a working definition of learning progressions and a description of the conceptual framework that has guided the work on this project, which attempts to describe...

Number of views: 807
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:17

Criteria for Procuring and Evaluating High-Quality Assessments

The purpose of this guidance document from CCSSO is to support states in selecting assessments that meet a high bar for quality. This guidance document suggests the evidence that states should review in order to make information judgments on the quality of assessments. Quality assessments “match...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 120
Date created: 11/05/2014 - 11:23

A Framework for Considering Interim Assessments

The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework for evaluating mid-level assessments, which the authors call interim assessments, to help state and district leaders thoughtfully examine commercially available products or develop strong specifications. Additionally, the guidelines provided are...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 71
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 14:03

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