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. 

Let's Hear it for Proficiency

In this blog article, the author argues against the elimination of proficiency standards as recommended by others. He concludes that “properly implemented—and worked into modern-style accountability systems for students, educators, schools, districts, even states—that seems to me the right formula...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 5
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 11:03

Prepare for More Realistic Test Results

In this article from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the authors say that the potential drop in reported state proficiency rates when the new CCSSM assessments are implemented will require adjusted expectations. The authors provide evidence from NAEP, TIMSS and NCLB to support...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 6
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:31

What States can Learn about State Standards and Assessment Systems from No Child Left Behind Documents and Interviews with Central Region Assessment Directors

The purpose of this study is to describe the No Child Left Behind requirements for state standards and assessment systems. The authors examined official documents and peer review decision letters and included interviews with state assessment directors in the Central Region to highlight the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Peer Review Assistance

This CSAI-developed resource contains an overview of the peer review process, including each of the critical elements included in the peer review process. For each critical element, this document contains information on how CSAI can support states in documenting how each critical element can be...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 10/04/2019 - 12:04

Test Security and Students with Disabilities: An Analysis of States’ 2013-14 Test Security Policies

This report describes how accommodated tests for students with disabilities, alternate assessments, and other related issues were addressed in states’ test security policies in 2013-2014. The researchers asked: (1) What information do states’ test security policies contain about students with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 10/10/2014 - 12:45

None of the Above: A New Approach to Testing and Assessment

This report by Educators 4 Excellence, a teacher-led organization that seeks to elevate the voices of teachers in policy discussions, presents recommendations for changes to the current systems of evaluating student performance in light of Common Core implementation. A group of 14 teachers worked...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 13:55

A Public Policy Statement

The Gordon Commission is a group of distinguished scholars and educational leaders who examine educational assessment policy, practice, and technology. The commission looks to “produce a vision for assessment that is fair and beneficial to improving U.S. education and which will advance technology...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:14

PARCC College- and Career-Ready Determination Policy in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics & Policy-Level Performance Level Descriptors

This document, adopted by PARCC after extensive public feedback from K-12 educators, higher education faculty, parents, and community members, has been used to guide the development of items and tasks for the PARCC assessments in ELA/literacy and mathematics. It will also serve to guide the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 07/10/2014 - 11:15

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