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. 

Using Interim Assessments Instead of Summative? Consideration of an ESSA Option

This technical report (presented at a CCSSO conference) shares the ESSA provision that both enables and lays out requirements for using interim assessments in place of a single end of year assessment for state accountability purposes. The authors’ guidance for considering the use of interim...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 85
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 15:04

An Approach for Evaluating the Technical Quality of Interim Assessments

This article describes six criteria areas that should be considered in evaluating interim assessments: Test purpose and use, Test development and documentation (Item-level, test-level, and multiple test level criteria), Administration and inclusion,  Test scores and reports, Test utility, and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 56
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 16:40

Benchmark Assessment for Improved Learning

This policy brief addressed three major questions that education leaders should consider in establishing a benchmark assessment system:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 72
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 16:36

The Role of Interim Assessments in a Comprehensive Assessment System

This informative brief lays out general questions that districts should consider before making a decision to use interim assessment:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 171
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 15:36

Making Benchmark Testing Work

The article discusses six criteria that can be used to evaluate the validity of benchmark tests: alignment, diagnostic value, fairness, technical quality, utility, and feasibility (see also Linn, Baker, & Dunbar, 1991). Based on these criteria, the authors summarize their perspective in six...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 42
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 15:26

The Principal Role in Data Driven Decision Making: Using Case Study Data to Develop Multimediator Models of Educational Reform

Using data gathered as part of a previous case study of urban schools across the U.S., the authors use simulation methodology to specifically examine the principal’s role in effective data use. The authors identify key principal actions supporting data use in these schools, which included: (1)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 104
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 14:24

Practices that Support Data Use in Urban High Schools, Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR)

This article summarizes initial findings of a case study investigating data use in five low-performing urban high schools undergoing comprehensive school-wide reform. The case study investigated the ways in which disaggregated data were used to examine progress and guide improvement; factors and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 6
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 14:19

Research on Data Use: A Framework and Analysis

The article describes a framework for organizing research on data use and provides insights on factors that influence the success of data use interventions [such as interim assessment].

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 13:57