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. 

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: 53
Date created: 09/16/2016 - 12:13

Dear Colleague Letter - April 1, 2016

This letter is a response to calls from stakeholders across the educational system to provide clarification to the equity and excellence goals of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to protect the civil rights of students. The Department began the process of negotiated rulemaking in two areas...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 52
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 12:12

Let’s Get This Conversation Started: Strategies, Tools, Examples and Resources to Help States Engage with Stakeholders to Develop and Implement their ESSA Plans

Developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers, this publication is designed to guide state education agencies in the development of their ESSA plans. It "provides: -- Detailed guidance on stakeholder engagement strategies; -- State examples of effective [engagement] strategies; --...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 53
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:43

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Highlights of Final Regulations on Accountability Systems, Report Cards, and State Plans

On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education published final regulations amending parts 200 and 299 of Title 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These regulations, effective on January 30, 2017, establish new rules for statewide accountability systems, state and local educational...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 52
Date created: 12/12/2016 - 09:01

Dear Colleague Letter on the Transition to ESSA - December 18, 2015

This guidance letter provides information on the authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In this letter, the U.S. Department of Education discusses:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 49
Date created: 02/08/2016 - 16:25

High School State Assessment in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – Frequently Asked Questions

This resource provides an overview of high school assessment requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including information on the different assessment options that states have under ESSA.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 47
Date created: 06/22/2017 - 11:38

Supporting the Success of Homeless Children and Youths (Fact Sheet)

This brief provides facts and tips for teachers, principals, school leaders, counselors, and other school staff regarding supports for homeless children and youths. Included in this brief is an overview of the McKinney-Vento Act, and how the act impacts school-level work. To support homeless...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 47
Date created: 07/27/2016 - 09:17

Dear Colleague Letter on ESSA - January 28, 2016

This letter provides additional guidance regarding ESSA implementation, particularly regarding issues that impact state operations during the 2016–2017 school year. For the 2016–2017 school year, formula grant recipients are expected to operate under the plans, procedures, and requirements in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 46
Date created: 02/10/2016 - 12:29

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