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. 

Assessing Social-Emotional Learning

This resource provides a brief overview on social emotional learning (SEL) and its importance in students' learning and achievement, a fact which is recognized in the new regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The authors' purpose in this article is to make aware that "the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,196
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 14:20

ESSA’s Non-Academic Measure: What States Should Know About School Climate and SEL

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) convened a panel of social and emotional learning (SEL) and school climate experts to discuss the opportunities and issues around ESSA allowing states to use at least one non-academic measure to monitor their schools’ performance. This resource contains a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 715
Date created: 01/02/2017 - 12:09

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: 436
Date created: 11/02/2016 - 17:23

Proposed Definition of Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities

This document provides draft regulatory language defining the term "students with the most significant cognitive disabilities." This definition applies to a child with a disability or disabilities (as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) that significantly impact intellectual...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 407
Date created: 05/03/2016 - 17:01

Overview of School Funding (PowerPoint Presentation)

This presentation provides an overview of funding for school districts and how district funds are allocated for school resources. There is also brief discussion of funding variations among districts and schools and how these variations can be impacted by personnel hiring. 

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 309
Date created: 04/18/2016 - 09:05

Resource Guide: Accountability for English Learners under the ESEA

With the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) comes updates to provisions in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act regarding school supports for English learner (EL) students. Under ESSA, states are required to more fully include ELs in school-level accountability systems to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 266
Date created: 01/19/2017 - 14:17

Every Student Succeeds Act (PowerPoint Presentation)

This webinar provides an overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the transition process for states. States will not need to submit annual measurable objectives (AMOs) or create new annual measurable achievement objectives (AMAOs) for the 2014–2015 or 2015–2016 school years. Report...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 205
Date created: 02/10/2016 - 12:49

Considerations for State Leaders in the Design of School Accountability Systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) differs significantly from its predecessor, known as the No Child Left Behind Act. The new ESSA provides only a narrow timeline for states to adjust their accountability systems. This publication provides initial guidance for this adjustment...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 120
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:46

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