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: 271
Date created: 12/22/2015 - 14:10

Considerations for State Leaders in the Design of School Accountability Systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) differs significantly from its predecessor, known as the No Child Left Behind Act. The new ESSA provides only a narrow timeline for states to adjust their accountability systems. This publication provides initial guidance for this adjustment...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 123
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:46

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: 118
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:44

Student Learning Objective (SLO) Toolkit

The Student Learning Objective (SLO) Toolkit, developed by the Center for Assessment, is intended to help educators develop quality SLOs. The Toolkit consists of an introductory video, Powerpoint presentation, templates, examples, informational documents, and supporting materials.  One component of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 107
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:20

Testing Action Plan: State and District Profiles

This website page summarizes actions that several states and school districts have taken in order to reduce their amounts of testing, thereby increasing instructional time. In general, those actions include a review of the numbers and estimated time to take tests in a specific state or district,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 80
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:10

One Piece of the Whole: Teacher Evaluation as Part of a Comprehensive System for Teaching and Learning

In this American Educator magazine article, Stanford Researcher Linda Darling Hammond argues that the United States needs a conception of teacher evaluation as part of a teaching and learning system that supports continuous improvement. She says that initiatives to develop teaching quality must...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 73
Date created: 04/24/2014 - 15:09

Bringing Underrepresented Populations into the Sciences: What Difference Does Difference Make?

This resource is a presentation hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), given by Dr. Shirley M. Malcolm, addressing the underrepresentation of minorities in the sciences and the need for a more scientifically and technologically literate population. As a renowned...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 57
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:19

Knowing the Score: The Who, What, and Why of Testing

This brief provides information about K–12 testing with the goal of helping parents, educators, policymakers, and others make decisions about testing policies in their community and state. Background information is provided, as well as answers to common questions about K–12 testing, including the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 53
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

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