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. 

What works? Explorations in improving outcomes for Indigenous students

In December 1997, Australia launched a series of Strategic Results Projects (SRPs) designed to explore methods for improving outcomes of aboriginal students. This major report summarizes results from more than 80 funded projects focusing on one or more of the following priorities: educational...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 330
Date created: 12/30/2014 - 14:11

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

The Limitations of Self-Report Measures on Non-cognitive Skills

In this article, Professor Martin West discusses the limitations of measuring non-cognitive skills, particularly the reliability of self-report measures typically used to assesses these skills. While self-report questionnaires have advantages in being quick, inexpensive, and easy to administer,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 289
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 15:45

The Educator's Guide to Standards Insight: Common Core Standards Unpacked

This is a roadmap to finding the elements in the CCSS that apply to educators. It also includes a tool for schools and teams of teachers to work together to both understand the CCSS and develop curriculum and instruction aligned to the standards.

Number of views: 281
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:47

Professional Development for Science Teachers

This resource is an article in the April 2013 issue of Science. It is available through subscription (personal or library). The author offers an overview of the call for improving science education in the United States, and the role that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) play in...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 281
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:51

Measurement Matters: Assessing Personal Qualities Other Than Cognitive Ability for Educational Purposes

From the abstract: "There has been perennial interest in personal qualities other than cognitive ability that determine success, including self-control, grit, growth mind-set, and many others. Attempts to measure such qualities for the purposes of educational policy and practice, however, are more...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 270
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 16:52

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

Freedom to Talk

Stanford University Professor Kenji Hakuta and his son Luis are the creators of Freedom to Talk, a short video about the civil rights movement and English Language Learners (ELLs). Hakuta narrates the history of how the principles of civil rights are extended to today’s new state academic content,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 250
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:05

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