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. 

The New Literacies

"The New Literacies" is an article on the Reading Rockets website. The article describes the need to teach students specific strategies and skills for reading on the Internet, describes instructional models being studied by the New Literacies Research Lab at the University of Connecticut, and...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 35
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 15:59

Accountability Under Title I, Part A of the ESEA: Frequently Asked Questions

To support states, districts, and schools with the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the U.S. Department of Education has released Frequently Asked Questions around state accountability system requirements. This guidance document provides information on accountability indicators,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 24
Date created: 01/19/2017 - 14:25

Supporting Formative Assessment for Deeper Learning: A Primer for Policymakers

This primer argues that effective formative assessment is essential to successfully implementing new college- and career-ready standards. It explains what formative assessment is, how it works in practice, and why it is critically important in fostering powerful pedagogy and 21st-century...

Number of views: 113
Date created: 01/18/2017 - 11:20

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

Every Student Succeeds Act High School Graduation Rate Non-Regulatory Guidance

With the implementation of ESSA comes updated requirements regarding the calculation and reporting of high school graduation rates in order to produce a uniform and accurate measure of states' four-year high school graduation rates. Each state and local education agency must calculate and report a...

Number of views: 82
Date created: 01/09/2017 - 14:07

Every Student Succeeds Act State and Local Report Cards

This guidance presents requirements regarding the report cards that state and local education agencies are required to prepare and disseminate. Report cards are to provide information on state, district, and student performance and progress in a way that is understandable to the public. Included is...

Number of views: 8
Date created: 01/09/2017 - 13:29

Every Student Succeeds Act Consolidated State Plan Guidance

As states develop their consolidated ESSA state plans, this guidance from the U.S. Department of Education provides guidance on the components and elements each plan must address. In this guidance are sections for addressing: long-term goals; consultation and performance management; academic...

Number of views: 13
Date created: 01/09/2017 - 13:02

The Limitations of Self-Report Measures on Non-cognitive Skills

In this article, Professor Martin West discusses the limitations of measuring non-cognitive skills, particularly the reliability of self-report measures typically used to assesses these skills. While self-report questionnaires have advantages in being quick, inexpensive, and easy to administer,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 350
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 15:45