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. 

Choosing and Using SEL Competency Assessments: What Schools and Districts Need to Know

Jointly developed by the Assessment Work Group (AWG) and researchers from the RAND Corporation's Assessment Finder project, the purpose of this document is to provide school and district leaders and implementation teams with guidance on how to choose and use social and emotional learning (SEL)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 949
Date created: 12/21/2018 - 13:11

Formative Assessment: Examples of Practice

To help educators better understand formative assessment, this paper provides examples and counter-examples of formative assessment in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Using the five attributes (i.e., learning progressions, learning goals and criteria for success, descriptive...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 827
Date created: 09/07/2017 - 11:47

RAND Education Assessment Finder

From the website: "The RAND Education Assessment Finder is a web-based tool that provides information about assessments of K–12 students' interpersonal, intrapersonal, and higher-order cognitive competencies. Practitioners, researchers, and policymakers can use it to explore what assessments are...

Number of views: 731
Date created: 12/21/2018 - 13:09

Assessment Literacy: Making Sense of K-12 Assessment for Learning

AssessmentLiteracy.org is a website created as part of an assessment literacy initiative sponsored by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). The website provides information and guidance to educators and professional development providers about the purposes of assessment, the components of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 693
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:20

Assessment for the Next Generation Science Standards

This web seminar, produced by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), features presenters Joan Herman, Co-Director Emeritus of the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA, and Nancy Butler Songer, Professor of Science Education and...

Number of views: 680
Date created: 02/19/2015 - 21:47

Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs): Policy Considerations for Meaningful Accountability

Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs) are instructional content-area units designed for consistency between what is taught, assessed, and how teachers are prepared. CEPAs combine elements of formative assessment and performance assessments to promote deeper learning outcomes. CEPAs...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 661
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:07

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: 455
Date created: 11/02/2016 - 17:23

Understanding Formative Assessment: Insights from Learning Theory and Measurement Theory

From the website summary: "Formative assessment is intended to yield real-time information about if and how students are learning—and what might be impeding their progress. Insights gained from this ongoing classroom assessment process can help teachers shape instruction and guide student efforts...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 451
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:18

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