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. 

Making Career Readiness Count

The purpose of this brief is to ensure that the “career” in states’ college- and career-ready standards is not an afterthought but features prominently in states’ accountability and public reporting systems. The brief examines how states are currently using career-focused indicators in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:24

New Science Standards: A Readiness Assessment for State Boards of Education

From the Publisher: "This document consists of a self-assessment matrix—a Standards Readiness Assessment—as well as guidance and explanations that SBE (state board of education) members can use interactively to help determine their state’s overall readiness to adopt and implement science standards...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 11
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 16:00

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: 13
Date created: 08/27/2015 - 15:16

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

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

Assessments for Deeper Learning: What's Next and What Will They Cost

From the publisher: "Successfully bringing deeper learning to scale will require a new generation of assessments that can measure higher-order thinking as well as real world skills. This article looks at where we’re at in the development of such assessments, and how much they are likely to cost."

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 16
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 12:59

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

Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning

From the Publisher: "CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) and the state (education) chiefs developed the Innovation Lab Network (ILN) to share learning, drive collective action, and to create and scale student-centered learning environments. The ILN developed a framework, referenced as...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 18
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:06

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