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. 

The Progress of Education Reform: The New Civics

This issue of the Progress of Education Reform provides information on "the new civics"—how it differs from previous practices, what it includes, how it is supported by research, and its implications for policy. It notes how the civic education field has made significant strides in identifying best...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:09

Formative Assessment: Guidance for Early Childhood Policymakers

From the website summary: "This report serves as a guide and framework to early childhood policymakers considering formative assessment, outlining issues for consideration in implementing formative assessment. This guide provides a practical roadmap for decision-makers by offering several key...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 18
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:19

Better Policies for Dual Language Learners: Bridging Research, Policy, Implementation, and Classroom Practice

From the introduction: "On December 11, 2014, New America convened a group of leading experts on dual language learners (DLLs) to launch its new Dual Language Learners National Work Group. Attendees included educators, administrators, researchers, policymakers, advocates, and representatives from...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 12:40

The Linked Learning Advantage: Using Linked Learning to Implement the Common Core State Standards

This brief examines how Linked Learning, an approach to high school reform that prepares students for college and careers by connecting learning in the classroom with real-world applications outside the school, offers an advantage to teachers, schools, and districts implementing the Common Core...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:21

Deeper Learning: Policies for a 21st Century Education

From the Introduction: "This report is aimed at supporting state boards of education that are working on providing significantly more students with deeper learning opportunities and facilitating board-level conversations on key related topics. The report provides foundational principles that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:10

Implementing Competency Education in K–12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

This paper seeks to map out the terrain of the district implementation strategies being used to convert traditional systems into personalized, competency-based ones.  It aspires to prepare readers to begin a transformational process. Four stages of implementation are proposed in the paper:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:13

The Role of Learning Progressions in Competency-Based Pathways

From the Introduction: "In early 2015, leaders within Achieve’s Competency-Based Pathways State Partnership set out to more clearly understand the potential of learning progressions research to transform instructional practice and what is being done to translate that research into training and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:20

Developing Citizenship through Rhetorical Analysis

"Developing Citizenship Through Rhetorical Analysis" is a lesson plan available on the ReadWriteThink website that aims to teach students to identify and analyze rhetorical strategies. Intended for students in grades 6-8, the six 50-minute sessions involve: introducing rhetorical strategies used in...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 11
Date created: 03/06/2017 - 16:01