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. 

Assessment Literacy Defined

In 2016, the National Task Force on Assessment Education for Teachers met and created this publication to promote "deeper understanding of sound assessment practice throughout the fabric of American education." Their intended audiences include teachers, students, parents, policymakers, communities...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 172
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:46

Let’s Get This Conversation Started: Strategies, Tools, Examples and Resources to Help States Engage with Stakeholders to Develop and Implement their ESSA Plans

Developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers, this publication is designed to guide state education agencies in the development of their ESSA plans. It "provides: -- Detailed guidance on stakeholder engagement strategies; -- State examples of effective [engagement] strategies; --...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 54
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:43

Opt Out: An Examination of Issues

During the past few years, media reports have highlighted an increase in the number of parents who are opting their children out of annual state tests, often called the opt-out movement. In this paper, researcher Randy Bennett examines issues related to the movement including: the amount of time...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 62
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:07

American Indian/Alaska Native College Student Retention Strategies

This article compares beliefs about successful student retention strategies between American Indian/Alaska Native students and postsecondary institutional representatives. While institutional representatives identified financial support as a primary motivator for college completion, AI/AN students...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 71
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:01

Native American Developmental Disabilities Needs Assessment

The purpose of this study was to better understand the needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) with developmental disabilities (DD). A secondary goal was to improve and/or expand services. Methodology included a survey and interviews with representative AI/AN samples. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 59
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:04

School Environment Listening Sessions Final Report

This report describes work conducted for the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE). In conjunction with tribal leaders and communities, WHIAIANE conducted a series of listening sessions in October and November 2014 across the United States. At these...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 37
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 12:59

The Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force (HB14-1202): Report of Findings and Recommendations

In 2014, the Colorado General Assembly created the Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force to study Colorado’s state and local assessment systems. A key goal was to reduce the testing burden on school districts and schools, as well as to address technology assessment needs and costs. Although...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:42

Testing Reform Victories 2015: Growing Grassroots Movement Rolls Back Testing Overkill

As its title suggests, the authors of this publication present information related to recent changes in state and district assessment policies. Those issues include: Graduation Test Policies  Test-Based Grade Retention Opting Out of Testing Public Opinion about Tests Tests for College Admissions;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:41

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