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. 

Guide to Completing Revised Consolidated State Plan Template

The U.S. Department of Education has released this crosswalk document that outlines the differences between the updated state plan template and the new revised template. This crosswalk identifies which of the new template items correspond to which state plan requirement, with comparisons to items...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 11
Date created: 03/16/2017 - 11:25

Key Policy Letters Signed by the Education Secretary or Deputy Secretary

This letter discusses implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act and submission of consolidated state plans, including the programs that can be included in state plans. The letter also reiterates the due dates of April 3, 2017 and September 18, 2017 for submission of consolidated state plans...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 23
Date created: 03/16/2017 - 11:15

Peer Review Assistance

To support states as they prepare materials for the peer review process, CSAI has created this data organizer that outlines the supports states can seek from CSAI. This data organizer lays out each of the peer review critical elements and associated CSAI supports and resources. For states seeking...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 140
Date created: 03/15/2017 - 09:40

Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority Pilot under ESSA: Frequently Asked Questions

As part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, states will have the opportunity to apply for the innovative assessment demonstration authority pilot, which would allow states to administer innovative assessments in place of statewide assessments in selected districts. The purpose of this pilot is to...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 76
Date created: 03/09/2017 - 16:02

Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning

"Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning" is an executive summary of the Stanford History Education Group's recent project to develop and validate assessments of students' ability to evaluate information they read online. The research included students in middle schools,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,596
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:36

Online Reading Comprehension Assessments

Online Reading Comprehension Assessments (ORCA) are tests of students' abilities to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information that they read online. Funded by a grant from the Institute for Education Sciences, the ORCA Project was a five-year research project to create, study, and...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,490
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:34

Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less: The First Amendment and the Women's Suffrage Movement

"Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less: The First Amendment and the Women’s Suffrage Movement" is a media literacy lesson plan available on the Newseum website. Written for middle and high school students, the lesson focuses on persuasion and involves historical documents related to the women's...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 71
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:16

Developing Citizenship through Rhetorical Analysis

"Developing Citizenship Through Rhetorical Analysis" is a lesson plan available on the ReadWriteThink website that aims to teach students to identify and analyze rhetorical strategies. Intended for students in grades 6-8, the six 50-minute sessions involve: introducing rhetorical strategies used in...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 13
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:01

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