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. 

Considerations for State Leaders in the Design of School Accountability Systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) differs significantly from its predecessor, known as the No Child Left Behind Act. The new ESSA provides only a narrow timeline for states to adjust their accountability systems. This publication provides initial guidance for this adjustment...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 122
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:46

Coherence: Key to Next Generation Assessment Success

In this Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center (AACC) policy brief, Joan L. Herman explains the significance of a coherent multi-assessment system and describes key considerations in developing such a system. Herman begins with a description of the need for assessments that are tightly...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 118
Date created: 09/30/2015 - 19:23

Supporting the Implementation of NGSS through Research: Assessment

From the authors: "The NGSS [Next Generation Science Standards] identify three dimensions essential for providing students with a quality science education: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts across domains of science, and disciplinary core ideas.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 117
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:17

Assessment Literacy Standards: A National Imperative

The purpose of this publication is to increase assessment literacy for policymakers, district and school administrators, teachers, and students. To do so, the authors have created assessment literacy standards for each stakeholder group. Emphasis is on maximizing assessment benefits, reducing ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 114
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:44

Assessment in Elementary and Secondary Education: A Primer

The following is a summary of this publication from the Congressional Research Service. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 110
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:50

Incorporating English Learner Progress into State Accountability Systems

This paper identifies key issues and questions for state decision makers to consider and explore with regard to how states should include English learners (ELs) in states' accountability systems under ESSA. The primary audience is anyone in a state agency engaged in making decisions about the state...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 106
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 12:49

Next Generation Science Standards: Considerations for Curricula, Assessments, Preparation, and Implementation

From the authors: "Many states’ science standards are based on guidance documents created by the National Research Council in 1996 that do not reflect the scientific advances and educational research findings that have since occurred. Among options for policymakers to consider to update existing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 103
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:15

Measures for a College and Career Indicator: Innovative Measures

From the publishers: "This white paper considers innovative measures—specifically metacognitive assessments, performance assessments, and the California State Seal of Biliteracy—as potential measures to be included in California’s college and career indicator. The white paper begins by describing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 98
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 18:05

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