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. 

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

Including students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in English language proficiency assessments: A review of state policies

This report from the National Center on Educational Outcomes addresses state participation and accommodation policies for English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments for English language learner (ELL) students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (HH). From the abstract: “Findings from this report...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 9
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 13:50

Instructional Practice Guide

The Instructional Practice Guide is a webpage on the Achieve the Core website that provides tools for teachers and those who support teachers in making the Key Shifts in instructional practice required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Number of views: 22
Date created: 11/03/2014 - 09:58

Common Core Goes to College: Building Better Connections between High School and Higher Education

In this report published by New America, Tepe describes the current landscape of higher education policies and practices that prevent clear alignment between colleges and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Tepe analyzed state and institution policies within higher education and examined the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 12
Date created: 10/15/2014 - 15:58

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts

This tool by Achieve allows districts leaders to inventory their assessments and assessment strategies from a student perspective.

Number of views: 143
Date created: 10/15/2014 - 15:46

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

Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards Corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards

The Council of Chief State School Officers developed this framework to assist states with the work of developing or adapting English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards to align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the forthcoming Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The goal of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 123
Date created: 10/10/2014 - 12:37

Against All Odds: Reversing Low Achievement of One School's Native American Students

This article is about Lapwai Elementary School, located on the Nez Perce Reservation in northern Idaho, which serves a K–6 population of 302 students, 84 percent of whom are Native American, and its success in raising student achievement. The article discusses the steps and initiatives that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 134
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 12:00

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