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. 

Next Generation Science Standards: Considerations for Curricula, Assessments, Preparation, and Implementation

From the authors: "Many states’ science standards are based on guidance documents created by the National Research Council in 1996 that do not reflect the scientific advances and educational research findings that have since occurred. Among options for policymakers to consider to update existing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 103
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:15

Support Protecting Native Culture during the Implementation of Common Core State Standards

In this resolution, the National Congress of American Indians calls upon states who have adopted the Common Core State Standards to evaluate AI student needs, and then to consult, collaborate, and develop tribal-state partnerships that specify additional standards ensuring Native histories,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 103
Date created: 12/26/2014 - 10:11

Student Learning Objective (SLO) Toolkit

The Student Learning Objective (SLO) Toolkit, developed by the Center for Assessment, is intended to help educators develop quality SLOs. The Toolkit consists of an introductory video, Powerpoint presentation, templates, examples, informational documents, and supporting materials.  One component of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 103
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:20

The Best Value in Formative Assessment

The authors of this 5-page article in Educational Leadership magazine describe and support their contention that ready-made benchmark tests cannot substitute for day-to-day formative assessment conducted by assessment-literate teachers.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 102
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 10:33

Incorporating English Learner Progress into State Accountability Systems

This paper identifies key issues and questions for state decision makers to consider and explore with regard to how states should include English learners (ELs) in states' accountability systems under ESSA. The primary audience is anyone in a state agency engaged in making decisions about the state...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 102
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 12:49

Findings and Recommendations Prepared by the Bureau of Indian Education Study Group Submitted to the Secretaries of the Departments of the Interior and Education

In 2013, Secretary Sally Jewell of the U.S. Department of the Interior and Secretary Arne Duncan of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) formed an American Indian Education Study Group, consisting of academics, school practitioners, lawyers, and experts in American Indian affairs. The purpose of...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 100
Date created: 12/24/2014 - 09:01

Instructional Alignment as a Measure of Teaching Quality

Article abstract: “Recent years have seen the convergence of two major policy streams in U.S. K–12 education: standards/accountability and teacher quality reforms. Work in these areas has led to the creation of multiple measures of teacher quality, including measures of their instructional...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 99
Date created: 07/02/2014 - 11:19

Measures for a College and Career Indicator: Innovative Measures

From the publishers: "This white paper considers innovative measures—specifically metacognitive assessments, performance assessments, and the California State Seal of Biliteracy—as potential measures to be included in California’s college and career indicator. The white paper begins by describing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 98
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 18:05

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