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. 

Non-Regulatory Guidance: Fiscal Changes and Equitable Services Requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

This non-regulatory guidance describes the chronological steps for states to follow in order to adjust Department-determined Title I allocations. Included in this guidance document are answers to frequently asked questions about the process. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 49
Date created: 12/08/2016 - 11:08

Dear Colleague Letter on ESSA - January 28, 2016

This letter provides additional guidance regarding ESSA implementation, particularly regarding issues that impact state operations during the 2016–2017 school year. For the 2016–2017 school year, formula grant recipients are expected to operate under the plans, procedures, and requirements in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 46
Date created: 02/10/2016 - 12:29

The Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force (HB14-1202): Report of Findings and Recommendations

In 2014, the Colorado General Assembly created the Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force to study Colorado’s state and local assessment systems. A key goal was to reduce the testing burden on school districts and schools, as well as to address technology assessment needs and costs. Although...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:42

Ohio Testing Report and Recommendations

In response to the Ohio Governor and General Assembly 2014 request, the Ohio Department of Education conducted a survey of the number of tests administered to students with the intended goal of reducing the amount of time that students spend on test taking and test preparation activities. The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:41

Including English Learners in Your State Title I Accountability Plan

This brief accompanies the technical paper, Incorporating English Learner Progress into State Accountability Systems (Goldschmidt & Hakuta, 2017) and provides guidance to state teams about including ELs most effectively in their Title I accountability plan.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 38
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 12:47

Non-Regulatory Guidance: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

This non-regulatory guidance from the U.S. Department of Education discusses the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program that has been authorized to support the capacity of states and districts to support its students. The provisions of SSAE are detailed, including information on...

Number of views: 34
Date created: 10/21/2016 - 10:04

Issue Paper: Supplement Not Supplant

This issue paper discusses Title I funding provisions under ESSA, which retains the general requirement that federal funds are used to supplement, but not supplant state and local funds. The paper also lists questions about funding, with a note that the U.S. Department of Education will release...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 12:28

Let’s Continue this Conversation: How to Turn New Stakeholder Connections into Long-Term Relationships

This guide is intended to help states assess the engagement strategies used during the ESSA development stage, identify the ones to sustain or refine, and develop a long-term plan that will continue to create opportunities for stakeholders to be heard on this and other education issues.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 32
Date created: 01/12/2018 - 09:10