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. 

Closing the Expectations Gap: 2014 Annual Report on the Alignment of State K-12 Policies and Practice with the Demands of College and Careers

This is Achieve’s ninth annual Closing the Achievement Gap report, which details states’ progress in adopting and implementing a coherent set of policies that will prepare all students from grades K-12 for college and careers.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 38
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:18

What Are Teachers' and School Leaders' Major Concerns About New K–12 State Tests?

The implementation of new consortia-based tests (Smarter Balanced and PARCC) has created concern among both educators and school leaders about increased test difficulty, score accuracy, technology, and educator readiness to prepare students for the new assessments. In this brief report, the authors...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 35
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:48

A New Era for Educational Assessment

From the abstract: "In this article, David Conley focuses on how to assess meaningful learning in ways that promote student achievement while simultaneously meeting system accountability needs. The article draws upon research that supports the notion that a major shift in educational assessment is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:49

Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports

This web page links to a number of guides for parents or guardians to help them read and understand the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) student score reports. It also links to other resources, including parent guides to the Smarter Balanced summative assessments,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 32
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:00

Predictive Validity of MCAS and PARCC: Comparing 10th Grade MCAS Tests to PARCC Integrated Math II, Algebra II, and 10th Grade English Language Arts Tests

From the Executive Summary: "The Massachusetts Executive Office of Education commissioned this study to provide timely, rigorous evidence on the extent to which MCAS and PARCC test scores can accurately assess whether students will succeed in college (recognizing that this was not the original aim...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 31
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:15

The 2015 EdNext Poll on School Reform

This online report provides findings from the ninth annual Education Next survey, administered in May and June 2015. The survey was given to a nationally representative sample of some 4,000 respondents, including oversamples of roughly 700 teachers, 700 African Americans, and 700 Hispanics. The...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 29
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:20

Is NAEP Math Out of Step with the States?

The authors of this publication analyze the possibility that NAEP mathematics assessments may be misaligned to the shifting goals of mathematics education in the United States. Comparing NAEP mathematics standards to both Common Core and non-Common Core state mathematics standards, the authors...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 25
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:41

A Compendium of Research on the Common Core State Standards

From the publisher: "The Center on Education Policy has put together this compendium, which very briefly summarizes the published research on many different aspects of the CCSS. Our objective was to create an accessible and readable overview of current research that can inform implementation,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 22
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:03

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