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. 

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: 198
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:36

Assessment Literacy Project

This site provides online professional development in assessment literacy for educators. The information is organized into a series of modules, each of which begins with a video of Dr. James Popham. Educators also participate in activities and read articles as part of the learning process. Along...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 191
Date created: 09/29/2015 - 17:28

Michigan Assessment Consortium

The Michigan Assessment Consortium is a professional association that works to advance assessment literacy by promoting assessment knowledge, providing professional development, and producing and sharing assessment tools. This web site contains white papers, presentations, videotapes of assessment...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 185
Date created: 12/22/2015 - 14:17

Assessment Literacy Defined

In 2016, the National Task Force on Assessment Education for Teachers met and created this publication to promote "deeper understanding of sound assessment practice throughout the fabric of American education." Their intended audiences include teachers, students, parents, policymakers, communities...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 184
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:46

What Can Be Learned From Current Large-Scale Assessment Programs to Inform Assessment of the Next Generation Science Standards?

This paper discusses and explores innovations in existing large-scale assessment programs that could be used to inform efforts to assess the NGSS. The author provides an in-depth discussion of the 16 scientific and engineering practices embodied in the NRC Framework and the NGSS, and summarizes the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 183
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:10

Reading Across Texts: A Resource for Planning Multiple-Source Comprehension Tasks

College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) set the expectation that students will be able to navigate multiple texts, evaluate the claims that authors make, notice and account for any conflicting points of view, and synthesize information as they develop an understanding of a concept or event. CCRS...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 183
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 11:43

Closing the Gap: Professional Development Toolkit-Turning Data Into Action

This 140+ page toolkit provides school districts and schools with a detailed plan for developing and implementing a data use program. Resources include direct instruction components, checks for understanding, application worksheets, facilitators guides and checklists, and self-directed learners...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 175
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:25

Distinguishing Formative Assessment from Other Educational Assessment Labels

From the publisher: "In this document, the FAST SCASS (Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers - State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards) aims to clarify the meaning and uses of the types of assessment most frequently used in education. By so doing, the FAST SCASS intends to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 167
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:24

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