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. 

Measures for a College and Career Indicator: Innovative Measures

From the publishers: "This white paper considers innovative measures—specifically metacognitive assessments, performance assessments, and the California State Seal of Biliteracy—as potential measures to be included in California’s college and career indicator. The white paper begins by describing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 98
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 18:05

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: 98
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:21

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: 98
Date created: 12/17/2013 - 10:15

A Strong State Role in Common Core State Standards Implementation: Rubric and Self-Assessment Tool

The purpose of this tool is to assist states in gauging the strength of their Common Core State Standards implementation plans and to illustrate how to improve them. A high scoring state according to the rubric and tool, has three essential attributes: a system design reflecting accountability for...

Number of views: 95
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Testing Overload in America’s Schools

The goals of this study were to obtain a better understanding of how much time students spend taking tests and to identify the degree to which the tests are mandated by districts or states. The study focused on 14 urban and suburban districts in seven states during the 2013-14 school year....

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 94
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 14:02

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

Challenges and Opportunities for Language Learning in the Context of the CCSS and the NGSS

The Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, hereafter referred to as “the standards”, represent a significant change in standards-based reform in education. Their release has generated considerable interest among education stakeholders, with 45 out of 50 states now...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 90
Date created: 10/30/2013 - 13:42

Not as Easy as It Sounds: Designing a Balanced Assessment System

This document provides guidance for states that are building, evaluating, or modifying their assessment systems. The report offers three criteria to consider: coherence, a theory of action, and efficiency. The authors state that these criteria were selected after reviewing literature on educational...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 90
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 12:52

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