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. 

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: 60
Date created: 04/24/2014 - 15:09

Implementation of the English Language Proficiency Standards Across the WIDA Consortium

This study examined the ways in which educators across the WIDA Consortium use WIDA’s English language proficiency standards, and in particular the model performance indicators (MPIs). Thirty-nine educators from 14 districts across seven of WIDA’s states participated in the study. These states...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 56
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 10:48

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: 55
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:19

The Role of Strategic Communications in the Transition to New Academic Standards and Assessments: Case Studies of Tennessee and Kentucky

This case study examines how the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the state of Tennessee managed communications in the transition to more rigorous standards. The authors present eight important lessons including: proactive communication; coordinated communication; educator engagement; simple messages;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:11

Next-Generation Accountability Systems: An Overview of Current State Policies and Practices

This report describes next-generation accountability concepts that states have either designed or implemented. Many concepts are derived through ESEA flexibility waivers that exempted states from many of the accountability requirements of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, the current iteration of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 49
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:58

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: 49
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work for Teachers and Students

This is a follow-up study to an initial Teachers Know Best report, released in 2014, that attempted to share with educators and product developers detailed information about how K–12 teachers and students view digital instructional tools as a whole. The purpose of this second study provides...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 48
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:28

NGSS Science and Engineering Education Community

This resource is part of a California State University (CSU) systemwide initiative designed to prepare teaches to be world-class in both the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics. The website promotes the scholarship of teaching and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 47
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:32

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