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. 

Assessing Social-Emotional Learning

This resource provides a brief overview on social emotional learning (SEL) and its importance in students' learning and achievement, a fact which is recognized in the new regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The authors' purpose in this article is to make aware that "the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,406
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 14:20

ESSA’s Non-Academic Measure: What States Should Know About School Climate and SEL

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) convened a panel of social and emotional learning (SEL) and school climate experts to discuss the opportunities and issues around ESSA allowing states to use at least one non-academic measure to monitor their schools’ performance. This resource contains a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 856
Date created: 01/02/2017 - 12:09

Comprehensive Standards-Based Assessment Systems Supporting Learning

This brief is intended to provide a common foundation by laying out a general framework for a comprehensive, learning-based assessment system. The framework incorporates different types of assessment to serve the distinct information needs of different stakeholders, but all of the assessments are...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 739
Date created: 12/01/2016 - 09:00

Major Provisions of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Related to the Education of English Learners

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) commissioned the Penn Hill Group to develop this resource that should benefit states as they begin implementation of ESSA. "The purpose of this document is to describe the major provisions of the recently enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 584
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 13:25

Overview of Major Assessment Types in Standards-Based Instruction

This overview is designed to help state education agencies, local education agencies, schools, educators, partner organizations, and other stakeholders understand the differences between major assessment types in standards-based instruction. Formative, Diagnostic, Interim/Benchmark, and Summative...

Number of views: 461
Date created: 11/02/2016 - 17:23

Assessment and Accountability Presentation

CSAI Co-Director Deb Sigman and Associate Director Joan Herman presented at the West Comprehensive Center on the implications of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on state assessment and accountability systems. This information can help RCCs and SEAs address assessment, accountability, and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 459
Date created: 03/29/2016 - 11:56

Assessment Inventory Resource

For states and local education agencies looking to align their assessment systems with the principles of the Testing Action Plan, this resources provides suggestions for questions and data to collect. These questions can guide action to assess and modify assessment systems. In this resource,...

Number of views: 238
Date created: 11/18/2016 - 14:38

Check State Plans

The interactive Check State Plans website allows users to review the first 17 submitted state plans and see what education experts identify as strengths and weaknesses in each plan. The site also presents 9 important elements included in the plans (e.g., goals, standards and assessment, continuous...

Number of views: 126
Date created: 09/20/2017 - 16:34

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