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. 

Teacher Evaluation Practical Guide: Interactive Online Version

The online version of this guide can be accessed on the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) at American Institutes for Research (AIR) website. The website also offers relevant resources from national websites.

Number of views: 31
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

2014 Teacher Prep Review: A Review of the Nation's Teacher Preparation Programs

The United States is starting to examine its teacher preparation schools and how they can improve the quality of teachers they produce. In the second edition of the National Council on Teacher Quality's annual assessment of the nation's 1,668 teacher prep programs, this review shows that although...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 30
Date created: 12/22/2014 - 12:38

Common Core State Standards Assessments: Challenges and Opportunities

Morgan Polikoff, an assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, examines the opportunities and challenges that educators face with assessments based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). There are potential benefits to the CCSS and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 10/10/2014 - 12:50

Analysis of the Stability of Teacher-Level Growth Scores from the Student Growth Percentile Model

This study in a Nevada school district tests an implicit assumption of high-stakes teacher evaluation systems that use student learning to measure teacher effectiveness: that the learning of a teacher’s students in one year will predict the learning of the teacher’s future students. The study found...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 28
Date created: 03/01/2016 - 15:42

Challenges in Evaluating Special Education Teachers and English Language Learner Specialists

The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, with support from the Council for Exceptional Children, conducted a study with administrators and state and district directors of special education on policies and practices the evaluation of special education teachers and English language...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 28
Date created: 07/10/2014 - 11:01

State Implementation of Common Core State Standards: Evaluation of Teachers and Leaders

The Southern Regional Education Board is conducting a multi-year study of how 14 states are implementing the Common Core State Standards. Six individual reports are part of the "Benchmarking State Implementation of Common Core Standards" project: a summary report, plus five reports with detailed...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 28
Date created: 09/18/2014 - 11:48

Evaluating ELL Teacher Effectiveness Using Value-Added Models and ACCESS for ELLs

Based on methodological and data-related issues, the research community cautions against heavy reliance on student test scores for high-stakes decisions.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 28
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:28

Teacher Performance Pay Programs and Necessary Communications Actions

Using teacher pay programs as an example, the authors of this journal article suggest and illustrate the value of a communications plan during the development and implementation of new programs. They recommend a three-pronged approach, including a communication strategy, communication action plan,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 27
Date created: 08/10/2015 - 15:44

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