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. 

Mapping State Proficiency Standards onto NAEP Scales: Results From the 2013 NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments

From the report summary: "This report, the fifth in the series, maps state proficiency standards onto the NAEP scales by using state public school data for the 2012–13 school year and the 2013 NAEP assessments in reading and mathematics for grades 4 and 8. The report also includes analyses of the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 11
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:26

How Are States Reporting on College and Career Readiness?

From the Publisher: "Preparing students for success in college and careers is one of the primary goals of our education system. How states track and report progress toward the goal of college and career readiness is important for public accountability and transparency; making data available...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 09:32

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

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

Smarter Balanced Assessments: Keep Results in Perspective for Students and Their Families

In this short California Schools article, veteran educator Kathy Caric encourages districts and schools to implement effective strategies to inform parents and students about the value of multiple measures when reporting student progress. She notes that the expected low scores on the upcoming...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 08/27/2015 - 15:16

A Primer on NAEP: How the National Test Fits Into the Assessment Landscape

In this short Education Week article, the author describes very basic information about the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), including the different types of NAEP tests, the purposes of the tests, how often they are administered, who takes NAEP tests, and several sample questions...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:18

Maintaining the Validity of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in a Common Core Based Environment

The paper focuses on both policy and psychometric considerations in discussing the relationship of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) assessments. The paper examines how the traditional roles of NAEP are affected by the introduction of CCSS-...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 15
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 15:57

Proficient vs. Prepared: Disparities between State Tests and the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

In this short publication, Achieve compares student proficiency on states' own tests to state student proficiency on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the latter of which, according to Achieve, is the gold standard of tests. Achieve found that more than 50% of the states...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 17
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:39

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