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. 

Illinois Assessment Literacy Training Module

This website contains a 39-page guide, Guiding Principles for Classroom Assessment, that discusses assessment design, preparation, analysis, and quality (reliability, validity, cultural diversity, and fairness). A 4.5-minute webinar, Introduction to Balanced Assessment, gives an overview of a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 249
Date created: 12/22/2015 - 14:10

Common Core State Standards and Implications for Special Populations

This policy brief explores the potential impact of the implementation of Common Core State Standards on students with disabilities, Native American students, and English language learners, and gives examples of implementation targeting these populations, followed by recommendations and questions...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 204
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 09:55

Guide to Evaluating Assessments Using the CCSSO Criteria for High Quality Assessments: Focus on Test Content

Because the results from state assessments are often used for high stakes purposes, it is important that the assessments themselves are of high quality. In this publication, the authors propose a methodology for evaluating state assessments for summative purposes. They describe their methodology...

Number of views: 123
Date created: 02/24/2016 - 17:23

Assessment in Elementary and Secondary Education: A Primer

The following is a summary of this publication from the Congressional Research Service. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 110
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:50

Access for All: Six Principles for Principals to Consider in Implementing CCSS for Students with Disabilities

This short article published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals says that under various state-developed standards and assessments, accommodations for students with disabilities have not been adequately addressed or have been ignored. It claims that the Common Core State...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 96
Date created: 12/17/2013 - 10:15

Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards, Aligned Assessments and Related Reforms: Cross-State Findings

The Southern Regional Education Board conducted a multi-year study of how 14 states are implementing college- and career-ready standards. This report is part of a series for the "Benchmarking State Implementation of Common Core Standards" project.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 91
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:43

Answering the Questions That Count

In this brief Educational Leadership article, the authors draw from their personal experiences to illustrate the value of answering essential questions prior to data collection. They examine three components of systematic data use: data quality, data capacity, and data culture. Each component is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 80
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:51

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts: Guidance for School Districts

From the publisher: "The purpose of this document is to provide guidance and key questions to assist district and community leaders—superintendents, assessment and curriculum leads, teacher leaders, school board members, and local advocates—in ensuring that their district’s assessment inventory...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 78
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:02

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