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. 

Transitioning to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Frequently Asked Questions

In this document, the U.S. Department of Education presents and answers questions regarding states' transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Questions about the act's flexibility for states, program requirements, and reporting requirements are also included. This guidance document will...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 80
Date created: 02/26/2016 - 10:23

Testing Action Plan: State and District Profiles

This website page summarizes actions that several states and school districts have taken in order to reduce their amounts of testing, thereby increasing instructional time. In general, those actions include a review of the numbers and estimated time to take tests in a specific state or district,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 80
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:10

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: 79
Date created: 10/20/2016 - 11:39

Every Student Succeeds Act

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

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 72
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 10:46

Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments

The U. S. Department of Education issued this guidance "to provide State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, educators, and partner organizations with information to assist them in selecting and using 'evidence-based' activities, strategies, and interventions,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 68
Date created: 09/16/2016 - 12:13

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

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: 62
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: 60
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:42