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. 

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

Assessment Literacy Standards: A National Imperative

The purpose of this publication is to increase assessment literacy for policymakers, district and school administrators, teachers, and students. To do so, the authors have created assessment literacy standards for each stakeholder group. Emphasis is on maximizing assessment benefits, reducing ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 116
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:44

Teaching Higher: Educators' Perspectives on Common Core Implementation

This study by the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University surveyed a representative sample of teachers in five states (Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Nevada) as they prepared their students to take the new Common Core-aligned assessments in the spring...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 23
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:52

The Equitable Access Implementation Playbook: Communication Guidebook

The purpose of this publication is to help states communicate their Equitable Access Plans to different audiences. The authors cover five steps: Identify audiences and messengers. Identify and implement communication channels. Develop key messages. Develop a communications project management plan....

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:04

What Works Best in Education: The Politics of Collaborative Expertise

From the introduction: "What we need... is a defensible and compelling narrative that leads to long-term, coherent and focused system-wide attention on student learning. I call this territory ‘the politics of collaborative expertise’. Its premise is that there is differential expertise across our...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 48
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 09:24

Indigenous Students and Literacy and Numeracy: What Does the Research Say?

From the Publisher: "[Australian] Indigenous students typically achieve at significantly lower levels than non-Indigenous students by the time they reach year 3. This article reports on the findings of a longitudinal study conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research called the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 44
Date created: 09/29/2015 - 15:54

Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work for Teachers and Students

This is a follow-up study to an initial Teachers Know Best report, released in 2014, that attempted to share with educators and product developers detailed information about how K–12 teachers and students view digital instructional tools as a whole. The purpose of this second study provides...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 48
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:28

Driving the Skills Agenda: Preparing Students for the Future

This Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report, sponsored by Google, investigates the extent to which the skills taught in education systems around the world are changing, and whether they meet the needs of employers and society more widely. To shed light on these issues, the EIU convened an...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 70
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:28

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