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. 

CCSS Systems Implementation Guide

The California Department of Education’s online CCSS Systems Implementation Guide was developed to support local education agencies (LEAs) in developing their own local plan for CCSS implementation, based on local needs and resources. The online guide is organized into seven guiding strategies,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 151
Date created: 08/26/2014 - 14:55

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts

This tool by Achieve allows districts leaders to inventory their assessments and assessment strategies from a student perspective.

Number of views: 142
Date created: 10/15/2014 - 15:46

Against All Odds: Reversing Low Achievement of One School's Native American Students

This article is about Lapwai Elementary School, located on the Nez Perce Reservation in northern Idaho, which serves a K–6 population of 302 students, 84 percent of whom are Native American, and its success in raising student achievement. The article discusses the steps and initiatives that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 133
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 12:00

Teachers’ Ability to Use Data to Inform Instruction: Challenges and Supports

This report describes an exploratory substudy on teachers’ thinking about data conducted in conjunction with the larger Study of Education Data Systems and Decision Making data collection and the implications of the substudy findings for teacher preparation and support.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 132
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Early Language Development Standards

The purpose of the E-ELD standards is to provide a developmentally sound framework for instructing and assessing dual language learners, ages 2.5–5.5 years, which aligns with existing WIDA ELD Standards for Kindergarten through Grade 12 and corresponds to states’ Early Learning Standards. The E-ELD...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 122
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 12:01

Coherent and Sequenced Curriculum Key to Implementing Common Core Standards

In this EdSource article, Bill Honig, chairman of the Instructional Quality Commission and former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, writes that there is a crucial middle step missing in many district's implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 73
Date created: 09/18/2014 - 11:29

The Data-informed District: A District-wide Evaluation of Data Use in the Natrona County School District

Wayman, Cho, & Johnston describe a data-informed district as one where educational data inform every decision and are used by every educator at every level. In such a district, common understandings exist about the nature of learning, the nature of teaching, and how data may best inform these...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 72
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

A Framework for Considering Interim Assessments

The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework for evaluating mid-level assessments, which the authors call interim assessments, to help state and district leaders thoughtfully examine commercially available products or develop strong specifications. Additionally, the guidelines provided are...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 71
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 14:03

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