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. 

Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning

"Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning" is an executive summary of the Stanford History Education Group's recent project to develop and validate assessments of students' ability to evaluate information they read online. The research included students in middle schools,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,344
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:36

Online Reading Comprehension Assessments

Online Reading Comprehension Assessments (ORCA) are tests of students' abilities to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information that they read online. Funded by a grant from the Institute for Education Sciences, the ORCA Project was a five-year research project to create, study, and...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,296
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:34

The WWWDOT Approach to Improving Students’ Critical Evaluation of Websites

"The WWWDOT Approach to Improving Students’ Critical Evaluation of Websites" by Drs. Shenglan Zhang, Nell K. Duke, and Laura M. Jiménez is an article in The Reading Teacher. The framework encourages students to think about at least six dimensions when evaluating a website: (1) Who wrote this and...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 692
Date created: 03/31/2017 - 17:06

Professional Development for Science Teachers

This resource is an article in the April 2013 issue of Science. It is available through subscription (personal or library). The author offers an overview of the call for improving science education in the United States, and the role that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) play in...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 282
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:51

How Can Simulations Be Components of Balanced State Science Assessment Systems?

This policy brief offers guidance and recommendations on how simulation-based science assessments can be included in the next generation of state science assessment systems. The authors report on research conducted on the simulation-based science assessment module SimScientists. The reported...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 177
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:36

Evaluating Content Alignment in the Context of Computer-Adaptive Testing: Guidance for State Education Agencies

Evidence that a test and the content domain it is intended to measure are aligned is critical for supporting claims about the validity of inferences drawn from results and defending test use for a given purpose. Findings from an alignment evaluation provide the test developer and the test user with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 173
Date created: 06/16/2016 - 11:34

Engineering in K–12 Education: Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects

This book resource is a report written by the Committee on K–12 Engineering Education, chaired by Dr. Linda P. B. Katehi. The report will be useful to advocates for greater public understanding of engineering, as well as to those working to boost citizens’ technological and scientific literacy....

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 114
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:19

Promoting STEM Career Interest in the Classroom: An Exploratory Study Linking Teacher Professional Development with Changes in Teaching Practices

This resource highlights a study within Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST), a program solicitation from the National Science Foundation. The ITEST program funds foundational and applied research projects addressing the development, implementation, and dissemination...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 103
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 11:32

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