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. 

Ohio Testing Report and Recommendations

In response to the Ohio Governor and General Assembly 2014 request, the Ohio Department of Education conducted a survey of the number of tests administered to students with the intended goal of reducing the amount of time that students spend on test taking and test preparation activities. The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 38
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:41

Parent Assessment Event Toolkit

The purpose of this PTA toolkit is to help answer parents' questions about new state assessments aligned to new college and career readiness standards. The toolkit includes a broad variety of resources, including information about PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments, assessment PowerPoint...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 38
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:12

Examining High-Stakes Testing

In summer 2013, results from Common Core–aligned tests in New York showed a steep decline in outcomes. Common Core advocates hailed the scores as an honest accounting of school and student performance, while others worried that they reflected problems with the tests, inadequate support for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 37
Date created: 01/30/2014 - 10:11

Testing Trends: Considerations for Choosing and Using Assessments

As its title suggests, this ECS publication provides an overview of the current state trends in assessment. Among the topics covered are:

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 34
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:52

Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change

Based on a survey of more than 20,000 teachers nationwide, this report found that an increasing number of teachers feel prepared to teach the Common Core (75% in 2013 compared to 59% in 2011). However, 76% of teachers said that they "require additional planning time, with a similar number pointing...

Number of views: 32
Date created: 04/11/2014 - 13:32

Science Offers New Tools for Educators and Students

This resource is an article written for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) online newsletter. Science in the Classroom (SiTC) is an initiative for higher-education science educators, launched in October 2013 with support from the National Science Foundation, “designed to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 31
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:34

Teacher Evaluation Practical Guide: Interactive Online Version

The online version of this guide can be accessed on the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) at American Institutes for Research (AIR) website. The website also offers relevant resources from national websites.

Number of views: 31
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Common Core State Standards Assessments: Challenges and Opportunities

Morgan Polikoff, an assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, examines the opportunities and challenges that educators face with assessments based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). There are potential benefits to the CCSS and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 10/10/2014 - 12:50

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