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. 

Answering the Questions That Count

In this brief Educational Leadership article, the authors draw from their personal experiences to illustrate the value of answering essential questions prior to data collection. They examine three components of systematic data use: data quality, data capacity, and data culture. Each component is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 80
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:51

Re-Balancing Assessment: Placing Formative and Performance Assessment at the Heart of Learning and Accountability

From the overview: "we call for replacing our current, unbalanced formula of summative assessments and external pressure with a new, more balanced formula for assessment and accountability centered around curriculum-embedded performance assessments or CEPAs—classroom-based instructional units that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 79
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:33

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts: Guidance for School Districts

From the publisher: "The purpose of this document is to provide guidance and key questions to assist district and community leaders—superintendents, assessment and curriculum leads, teacher leaders, school board members, and local advocates—in ensuring that their district’s assessment inventory...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 77
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:02

Council of State Science Supervisors: Large-Scale Assessment Discussions

The Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) is a professional organization made up of science education specialists from states and territories of the United States. The organization provides science education resources, including resources related to assessment and, more specifically,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 74
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:35

Moving Toward Equity Data Review Tool: Getting Started With Equitable Access Data

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Number of views: 67
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:49

Make Assessment Work for All Students: Multiple Measures Matter

This is the third installment from NWEA of a study focused on stakeholder perceptions relative to K-12 assessment practices. This segment titled, Make Assessment Work for All Students: Multiple Measures Matter, provides opinions from various stakeholders through the examination of student, parent,...

Number of views: 67
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:19

Score Results: PARCC Scores and Score Reports

PARCC's Score Results site includes a number of resources that provide educators and parents with detailed information about how to use the score reports to identify student needs and align instruction in support of those needs. The following resources primarily target parents and a number of them...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 66
Date created: 10/30/2015 - 14:33

Next-Generation Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for English Learners: Priorities for Policy and Research

The English Language Proficiency Assessment Research Working Meeting: Summative Assessments (i.e., the Working Meeting) took place on June 11, 2014. The focus of the Working Meeting was on the annual, summative English language proficiency (ELP) assessments. Presentations on key issues and research...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 66
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 10:51

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