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. 

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

Analysis of the Stability of Teacher-Level Growth Scores from the Student Growth Percentile Model

This study in a Nevada school district tests an implicit assumption of high-stakes teacher evaluation systems that use student learning to measure teacher effectiveness: that the learning of a teacher’s students in one year will predict the learning of the teacher’s future students. The study found...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 28
Date created: 03/01/2016 - 15:42

Evaluating ELL Teacher Effectiveness Using Value-Added Models and ACCESS for ELLs

Based on methodological and data-related issues, the research community cautions against heavy reliance on student test scores for high-stakes decisions.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 28
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:28

Teacher Performance Pay Programs and Necessary Communications Actions

Using teacher pay programs as an example, the authors of this journal article suggest and illustrate the value of a communications plan during the development and implementation of new programs. They recommend a three-pronged approach, including a communication strategy, communication action plan,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 27
Date created: 08/10/2015 - 15:44

Challenges in Evaluating Special Education Teachers and English Language Learner Specialists

The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, with support from the Council for Exceptional Children, conducted a study with administrators and state and district directors of special education on policies and practices the evaluation of special education teachers and English language...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 27
Date created: 07/10/2014 - 11:01

Education Week: Spotlight on Assessment Website

The Education Week Spotlight on Assessment is a collection of articles hand-picked by Education Week editors including the following topics: classroom evidence of learning, formative assessment, computer-adaptive testing, the promises and challenges of open-ended test items, and the debate over...

Number of views: 26
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Testing Reform Victories 2015: Growing Grassroots Movement Rolls Back Testing Overkill

As its title suggests, the authors of this publication present information related to recent changes in state and district assessment policies. Those issues include: Graduation Test Policies  Test-Based Grade Retention Opting Out of Testing Public Opinion about Tests Tests for College Admissions;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:41

Moving from Compliance to Agency: What Teachers Need to Make Professional Learning Work

This resource reports on research conducted by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) and Learning Forward. It seeks to uncover the reasons why teachers' experience with professional learning has been generally unhelpful at facilitating their classroom work that impacts...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 12:59

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