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. 

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: 20
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 13:57

Productive Formative Assessment Always Requires Local District Preparation

This chapter makes the case for balanced assessment systems and argues that the productive use of assessment for formative and improvement purposes always requires local district action. The authors describe seven essential actions for local districts: Balance assessment systems, Continue to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 11:51

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making

The practice guide was developed by a panel of experts who synthesized available research with expert opinion to provide five recommendations essential for the effective use of data. The five recommendations are: Make data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement. Teach students to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 03/21/2017 - 18:01

Interim Assessments: Keys to Successful Implementation

This brief is based on New Leaders for New Schools research and considers the potential and challenges of implementing interim assessments. The heart of the document is its list of 23 conditions the author considers important for successful implementation that will support student learning. These...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 67
Date created: 03/21/2017 - 16:25

Rethinking How Students Succeed

Noncognitive skills initiatives hold promise for making students more successful. Noncognitive skills, the term used in this article, are related to social and emotional learning (SEL) and academic mindsets; they encompass academic attitudes and behaviors like self-awareness, self-control,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 90
Date created: 03/09/2017 - 12:48

How Students Thrive: Positive Youth Development in Practice

The paper outlines five, research-based tenets that underlie schools that can support positive youth development and includes tools that can help educators identify positive youth development practices that are associated with each tenet. The five tenets are:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 23
Date created: 03/08/2017 - 10:56

Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 17:15

Making Sense of Online Text

"Making Sense of Online Text" by Dr. Julie Coiro is article published in ASCD's Educational Leadership. Dr. Coiro describes why reading online requires additional skills and knowledge that are different from those required to read printed texts. She outlines some of these skills related to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 43
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:37

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