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. 

Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs): Policy Considerations for Meaningful Accountability

Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs) are instructional content-area units designed for consistency between what is taught, assessed, and how teachers are prepared. CEPAs combine elements of formative assessment and performance assessments to promote deeper learning outcomes. CEPAs...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 766
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:07

Freedom to Talk

Stanford University Professor Kenji Hakuta and his son Luis are the creators of Freedom to Talk, a short video about the civil rights movement and English Language Learners (ELLs). Hakuta narrates the history of how the principles of civil rights are extended to today’s new state academic content,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 267
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:05

Distinguishing Formative Assessment from Other Educational Assessment Labels

From the publisher: "In this document, the FAST SCASS (Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers - State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards) aims to clarify the meaning and uses of the types of assessment most frequently used in education. By so doing, the FAST SCASS intends to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 168
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:24

Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century

From the publisher’s description: “Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century describes this important set of key skills that increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning, and higher order thinking.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 168
Date created: 03/27/2017 - 19:21

Assessment Literacy Standards: A National Imperative

The purpose of this publication is to increase assessment literacy for policymakers, district and school administrators, teachers, and students. To do so, the authors have created assessment literacy standards for each stakeholder group. Emphasis is on maximizing assessment benefits, reducing ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 116
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:44

Student Testing in America’s Great City Schools: An Inventory and Preliminary Analysis

With the support of their member districts, the Council of Great City Schools developed and administered a survey of assessment practices to 66 of their member districts in the Spring of 2014. The survey addressed all required assessments, including state summative assessments, mandatory formative...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 101
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:21

Re-Balancing Assessment: Placing Formative and Performance Assessment at the Heart of Learning and Accountability

From the overview: "we call for replacing our current, unbalanced formula of summative assessments and external pressure with a new, more balanced formula for assessment and accountability centered around curriculum-embedded performance assessments or CEPAs—classroom-based instructional units that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 81
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:33

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

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