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. 

Comprehensive Standards-Based Assessment Systems Supporting Learning

This brief is intended to provide a common foundation by laying out a general framework for a comprehensive, learning-based assessment system. The framework incorporates different types of assessment to serve the distinct information needs of different stakeholders, but all of the assessments are...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 739
Date created: 12/01/2016 - 09:00

Illustrations and Elaborations of Math Practice Standards

This section of the Illustrative Mathematics website helps teachers become more familiar with standards for mathematical practice in order to integrate these standards effectively into instructional planning at both the lesson and unit levels. The exemplars give teachers a clear sense of what the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 442
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:08

CSAI Presentations at NCSA 2019

Every year, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) hosts the National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA). This year’s conference, held June 24–26 in Orlando, focused on the theme Measure What Matters and Create Accountability for Equity, with the explicit goal of “giving states a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 203
Date created: 07/19/2019 - 11:01

Common Core State Standards and Implications for Special Populations

This policy brief explores the potential impact of the implementation of Common Core State Standards on students with disabilities, Native American students, and English language learners, and gives examples of implementation targeting these populations, followed by recommendations and questions...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 201
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 09:55

Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core State Standards

The International Reading Association (IRA) created this document to address specific literacy issues related to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The paper focuses on issues that have proven to be especially confusing or challenging to implement. This implementation...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 166
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 10:30

CCSS Systems Implementation Guide

The California Department of Education’s online CCSS Systems Implementation Guide was developed to support local education agencies (LEAs) in developing their own local plan for CCSS implementation, based on local needs and resources. The online guide is organized into seven guiding strategies,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 156
Date created: 08/26/2014 - 14:55

Against All Odds: Reversing Low Achievement of One School's Native American Students

This article is about Lapwai Elementary School, located on the Nez Perce Reservation in northern Idaho, which serves a K–6 population of 302 students, 84 percent of whom are Native American, and its success in raising student achievement. The article discusses the steps and initiatives that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 145
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 12:00

Criteria for Procuring and Evaluating High-Quality Assessments

The purpose of this guidance document from CCSSO is to support states in selecting assessments that meet a high bar for quality. This guidance document suggests the evidence that states should review in order to make information judgments on the quality of assessments. Quality assessments “match...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 127
Date created: 11/05/2014 - 11:23

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