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. 

Performance Assessment 2.0: Lessons from Large-Scale Policy & Practice

This paper reports on a retrospective research study of performance assessment initiatives that began in the 1990s. The study considered available research literature and documentation produced by state assessment programs, as well as interviews with key individuals who participated in developing...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 20
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 16:07

EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science

The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science supports educators conducting in-depth evaluations of the quality of lessons and units that appear in published materials or are educator-created. The EQuIP Rubric for science extends the work of previous...

Number of views: 288
Date created: 06/04/2015 - 14:06

The Role of Strategic Communications in the Transition to New Academic Standards and Assessments: Case Studies of Tennessee and Kentucky

This case study examines how the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the state of Tennessee managed communications in the transition to more rigorous standards. The authors present eight important lessons including: proactive communication; coordinated communication; educator engagement; simple messages;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:11

Parent Assessment Event Toolkit

The purpose of this PTA toolkit is to help answer parents' questions about new state assessments aligned to new college and career readiness standards. The toolkit includes a broad variety of resources, including information about PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments, assessment PowerPoint...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 38
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:12

Sample Student Assessment Reports

From the publisher: "Achieve has gone through the process of developing sample student assessment reports to enhance understanding about how to more effectively communicate assessment results to teachers, school leaders and families. Families and educators need access to more helpful information to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 233
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:13

Why Education Data?

This website provides a broad number of resources and tools to help policymakers and educators develop a successful data-use communications strategy. Spanning multiple topics, the resources cover the power of communications, using data to measure teacher effectiveness, and seizing important data-...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 58
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:21

Empowering Parents with Data: Ensuring Parents Have Data to Make Informed Choices

This two-page infographic presents results from a state survey on parents' access to their own children's data. According to the publishers, while most states create student progress reports, only 17 states provide parents with access to data that would allow them track their children's individual...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 43
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:22

Comprehensive Statewide Assessment Systems: A Framework for the Role of the State Education Agency in Improving Quality and Reducing Burden

The purpose of this resource from CCSSO is to support and guide state leaders as they determine how to move their states towards a comprehensive, high-quality assessment system. The resource provides key considerations on the state's role and ways to review and evaluate its current state assessment...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 216
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:24