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. 

Designing Performance Assessment Tasks

In this article, Phillip Cohen argues that “creating effective assessment tasks requires thinking through curriculum content to establish learning outcomes, then designing performance activities that will allow students to demonstrate their achievement of those outcomes, and specifying criteria by...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 123
Date created: 03/26/2014 - 11:45

The Common Core State Standards: Insight into Their Development and Purpose

To assist states in answering questions on how the Common Core State Standards were developed and why, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) worked with David T. Conley, Co-Chair of the Validation Committee for the Common Core State Standards Initiative, to publish this document.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 119
Date created: 07/18/2014 - 14:08

Guidelines for the Assessment of English Language Learners

This document comprises guidelines for practitioners when making suitable decisions regarding the assessment of English language learner (ELL) students in academic content areas. The guidelines provide recommendations about assessment issues relevant to ELL students, such as developing assessment...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 118
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:49

High Stakes Testing: Issues, Implications, and Remedies for English Language Learners

This article discusses the issues and implications of high-stakes tests on English language learner (ELL) students. Specifically, ELL students are increasingly included in high-stakes assessments connected to accountability efforts (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 [NCLB]), and thus it is...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 118
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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: 116
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:44

Accountability: Then and Now

This chart provides a brief comparison between the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, with demonstration of how ESSA differs in regards to its regulations on accountability systems. 

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 112
Date created: 05/26/2016 - 16:09

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: 111
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 12:49

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