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. 

Every Student Succeeds Act High School Graduation Rate Non-Regulatory Guidance

With the implementation of ESSA comes updated requirements regarding the calculation and reporting of high school graduation rates in order to produce a uniform and accurate measure of states' four-year high school graduation rates. Each state and local education agency must calculate and report a...

Number of views: 75
Date created: 01/09/2017 - 14:07

Every Student Succeeds Act

This is the full text of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 71
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 10:46

Supporting School Reform by Leveraging Federal Funds in a Schoolwide Program: Non-Regulatory Guidance

This document provides further detail and information on the use of federal Title I funds in school improvement efforts. Schools can use Title I funding to operate a schoolwide program; included are examples of programs schools might use to support students. This guidance also clarifies...

Number of views: 71
Date created: 10/20/2016 - 11:39

Dear Colleague Letter on the New ESSA Law - December 10, 2015

This letter addresses the authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and provides a brief overview of how the law's principles address educational opportunities for all students. Contact information and a site for updated information on ESSA are included in this letter. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 64
Date created: 02/10/2016 - 12:58

The Working Group on ELL Policy: Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

The stated mission of The Working Group on ELL Policy is to bring "a research perspective to developing recommendations, sharing information, and fostering dialogue among educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders about current policy issues affecting English Language Learners." Members of The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 64
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 12:53

Opt Out: An Examination of Issues

During the past few years, media reports have highlighted an increase in the number of parents who are opting their children out of annual state tests, often called the opt-out movement. In this paper, researcher Randy Bennett examines issues related to the movement including: the amount of time...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 61
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:07

Making the Grade: A 50-State Analysis of School Accountability Systems

This publication includes: an historical overview of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; a review of the requirements of the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act; a summary of the difference types of accountability systems used by states; and specific information about different state...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 56
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:42

Summary: Proposed Regulations on Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting under ESSA

As a complement to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting, the U.S. Department of Education has released a summary of the proposed regulations. The summary provides an overview of regulations regarding: statewide accountability systems, support for low-...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 54
Date created: 05/26/2016 - 16:05