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. 

Instructional Alignment as a Measure of Teaching Quality

Article abstract: “Recent years have seen the convergence of two major policy streams in U.S. K–12 education: standards/accountability and teacher quality reforms. Work in these areas has led to the creation of multiple measures of teacher quality, including measures of their instructional...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 102
Date created: 07/02/2014 - 11:19

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: 92
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:43

Guiding District Implementation of Common Core State Standards: Innovation Configuration Maps

These Innovation Configuration maps were developed by a task force of Kentucky educators with support from Kentucky Department of Education, Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center at Edvantia, and Learning Forward to align with the four pillars of Kentucky’s Leadership Networks. They are offered...

Number of views: 85
Date created: 02/10/2014 - 09:58

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

Driving the Skills Agenda: Preparing Students for the Future

This Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report, sponsored by Google, investigates the extent to which the skills taught in education systems around the world are changing, and whether they meet the needs of employers and society more widely. To shed light on these issues, the EIU convened an...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 70
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:28

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: 71
Date created: 04/24/2014 - 15:09

Moving Toward Equity Data Review Tool: Getting Started With Equitable Access Data

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Number of views: 68
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:49

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