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. 

Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments

This study's purpose was to evaluate the quality of four standardized assessments—three new, multi-state assessments (ACT Aspire, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced) and a well-regarded existing state assessment (Massachusetts' state exam [MCAS])—to determine whether they met new criteria developed by the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 85
Date created: 02/16/2016 - 14:58

The Data-informed District: A District-wide Evaluation of Data Use in the Natrona County School District

Wayman, Cho, & Johnston describe a data-informed district as one where educational data inform every decision and are used by every educator at every level. In such a district, common understandings exist about the nature of learning, the nature of teaching, and how data may best inform these...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 83
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

An Initial Learning Progression in Chemical Design

This resource is one of a series of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)–based projects funded by the National Science Foundation. It is a document from the collection at the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education, describing a two-year (2012–2014) exploratory project in which...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 82
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 15:49

The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends

Educational Leadership article in which a noted literacy expert discusses five myths about the new standards and explains what the standards really entail.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 80
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Accommodations for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities: A Research-Based Decision Algorithm

In this paper, the authors discuss five major characteristics that an accommodation should have in order to be considered in the assessment of ELLs and SWDs: (1) Effectiveness, it must be effective in making assessments more accessible to the recipients; (2) Validity, it should not alter the focal...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 79
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:57

Evidence-Centered Design: A Summary

In this brief, Herman and Linn define evidence-centered design (ECD) and its relationship to PARCC and Smarter Balanced consortia assessments. ECD is a principled approach with interrelated stages for assessment development and validation. The main purpose for ECD is to support a close...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 74
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 14:33

The Arts and the Common Core: A Review of Connections between the Common Core State Standards and the National Core Arts Standards Conceptual Framework

Given the central role that the Common Core standards are playing in education and school reform initiatives nationwide, the National Coalition of Core Arts Standards wish to ensure that the goals and objectives of the Next Generation Arts Standards relate clearly and directly to the Common Core,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 66
Date created: 12/12/2013 - 09:48

The Road Ahead for State Assessments

This report includes three papers that address critical “next generation” issues in assessment policy that can help to guide the choices made about system design: computer adaptive assessments, assessment of English learners and assessing science. The common conclusion in all three papers is that...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 49
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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