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. 

NGSS Science and Engineering Education Community

This resource is part of a California State University (CSU) systemwide initiative designed to prepare teaches to be world-class in both the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics. The website promotes the scholarship of teaching and...

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

What Works Best in Education: The Politics of Collaborative Expertise

From the introduction: "What we need... is a defensible and compelling narrative that leads to long-term, coherent and focused system-wide attention on student learning. I call this territory ‘the politics of collaborative expertise’. Its premise is that there is differential expertise across our...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 48
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 09:24

Communication Framework for Measuring Teacher Quality and Effectiveness: Bringing Coherence to the Conversation

Edited from the publisher: The purpose of this publication "is to facilitate communication about policies regarding teacher effectiveness by helping to build a shared understanding of the terminology used in the discussion.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 42
Date created: 08/03/2015 - 13:50

Guidance for Developing and Selecting Assessments of Student Growth for Use in Teacher Evaluation Systems (Extended Version)

This article provides comprehensive guidance for including test scores in teacher evaluations.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 41
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Data Driven Improvement and Accountability

Published by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), this brief reviews evidence and provides illustrative examples of data use in business and sports in order to compare practices in these sectors with data use in public education. The brief discusses research and findings related in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:05

Examining High-Stakes Testing

In summer 2013, results from Common Core–aligned tests in New York showed a steep decline in outcomes. Common Core advocates hailed the scores as an honest accounting of school and student performance, while others worried that they reflected problems with the tests, inadequate support for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 01/30/2014 - 10:11

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: 28
Date created: 08/10/2015 - 15:44

Creating Coherence: Common Core State Standards, Teacher Evaluation, and Professional Learning

In this special issues brief, authors Sheri Leo and Jane Coggshall lay out a suggested approach for creating meaningful coherence across three interdependent education reforms: Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluation, and professional learning. The authors provide a recommended approach...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 09:10

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