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. 

Teacher Evaluation in Practice: Implementing Chicago's REACH Students

This report is the first in a series of studies on Chicago’s REACH teacher evaluation system. The report focuses on the perceptions and experiences of teachers and administrators during the first year of REACH implementation, which was reported to be a particularly demanding year. The authors...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 21
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:10

Results of President Obama’s Race to the Top

From the Publisher: "This study examines the effects of Obama’s Race to the Top [funding initiative] on education policymaking around the country. The overall findings . . . indicate that Race to the Top had a meaningful impact on the production of education policy across the United States. In its ...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 142
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:03

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

Teacher Performance Pay Programs and Necessary Communications Actions

Using teacher pay programs as an example, the authors of this journal article suggest and illustrate the value of a communications plan during the development and implementation of new programs. They recommend a three-pronged approach, including a communication strategy, communication action plan,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 27
Date created: 08/10/2015 - 15:44

Communication Framework for Measuring Teacher Quality and Effectiveness: Bringing Coherence to the Conversation

Edited from the publisher: The purpose of this publication "is to facilitate communication about policies regarding teacher effectiveness by helping to build a shared understanding of the terminology used in the discussion.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 42
Date created: 08/03/2015 - 13:50

Colorado Assessment Review Tool

The Assessment Review Tool (ART) is intended for use in analyzing summative K–12 classroom assessments to determine their quality and efficacy, their suitability for use as student growth measures, and their alignment with the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). With very minor modification the tool...

Number of views: 132
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:12

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

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