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. 

Strategies for Communicating Results: Using the Change to Common Core Linked Assessments

From the Producer: "In this online webinar, REL Mid-Atlantic, Division H of the American Educational Research Association, and REL Northwest teamed up for a presentation and discussion of strategies that states and districts can use to communicate with the public about the new assessments linked to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 54
Date created: 07/10/2015 - 09:24

State Summative Assessments: 2015-16 School Year

This document, published by the Education Commission of the States, includes a comprehensive chart that provides a snapshot of which assessments are planned in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. for the 2015-16 academic year. Notable for this current school year is that 25 states will administer a...

Number of views: 52
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:07

Performance Assessments: How State Policy Can Advance Assessments for 21st Century Learning

From the abstract: "Employers, postsecondary institutions, and civic leaders are urging greater focus on 21st century skills essential for college, career, and civic success: problem solving, interpersonal skills, and collaboration, among others. In response to these demands, states across the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 52
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:22

Guidance on the Approved Regulatory Amendments to APPR to Help Reduce Local Testing

"Teaching, not testing, is the core of the Regents Reform Agenda." In response to stakeholder concerns on testing time and preparation, this memorandum details the ways that the State of New York has addressed the amount of testing and provides two considerations for districts to reduce the number...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 51
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:38

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: 50
Date created: 06/22/2017 - 11:38

Using Student Growth Percentiles During the Assessment Transition: Technical, Practical and Political Implications

This paper highlights technical, practical, and policy considerations for using growth percentiles during the assessment transition (generally 2014 to 2015) period to support state accountability efforts, and it recommends analyses and guidelines to help inform decisions in light of these...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:32

Knowing the Score: The Who, What, and Why of Testing

This brief provides information about K–12 testing with the goal of helping parents, educators, policymakers, and others make decisions about testing policies in their community and state. Background information is provided, as well as answers to common questions about K–12 testing, including the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

Next-Generation Accountability Systems: An Overview of Current State Policies and Practices

This report describes next-generation accountability concepts that states have either designed or implemented. Many concepts are derived through ESEA flexibility waivers that exempted states from many of the accountability requirements of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, the current iteration of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:58

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