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. 

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Secondary School Leader

The purpose of this Action Brief for secondary leaders is to help them implement the new standards in their schools. The brief is designed to increase awareness of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), create a sense of urgency around their implementation, and provide these stakeholders with...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 4
Date created: 11/17/2014 - 17:05

Common Core: An Educator’s Perspective

In a blog post from The Whole Child (a website by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and a partner of the College, Career, and Citizen Readiness (CCCR) coalition), school principal Steven Weber presents several reasons why states should embrace the Common Core State...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 4
Date created: 06/26/2014 - 11:17

Let's Hear it for Proficiency

In this blog article, the author argues against the elimination of proficiency standards as recommended by others. He concludes that “properly implemented—and worked into modern-style accountability systems for students, educators, schools, districts, even states—that seems to me the right formula...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 5
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 11:03

Ready Kentucky: Building Employer Support for Student Success

The Kentucky Chamber Foundation, in partnership with the Kentucky State Department of Education, developed this publication to raise employer awareness of and support for the Common Core State Standards and the positive impact that the Standards will have on preparing students for success in both...

Number of views: 5
Date created: 06/09/2014 - 12:08

PARCC Field Test: Lessons Learned

In Spring 2014, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) conducted field tests of its online assessment system. This report summarizes key findings from the field test and from surveys from students and educators. It addresses the following areas related to the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:11

Prepare for More Realistic Test Results

In this article from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the authors say that the potential drop in reported state proficiency rates when the new CCSSM assessments are implemented will require adjusted expectations. The authors provide evidence from NAEP, TIMSS and NCLB to support...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 6
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:31

The Common Core Standards: Starting Now

This Educational Leadership magazine article provides guidance on what schools and districts can do to move forward in implementing the Common Core State Standards, given limited resources and time. The authors specifically focus on strategies and resources related to English language arts and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 09:37

Roadmap for a Successful Transition to the Common Core in States and Districts

The purpose of this report from the Center for American Progress is to provide recommendations for practical ways that states and districts can enact in order to realize the benefits of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and improve the quality of education for all students. The authors...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 11/03/2014 - 09:46

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