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. 

Blueprint for College Readiness: A 50-State Policy Analysis

The Blueprint Report is designed by state leaders to feature a menu of 10 critical policies that promote college readiness and success, specifically improving student success and transition from high school to post-secondary education. The Blueprint "is designed to serve as a framework to help K–12...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:28

Measures That Matter, Making College and Career Readiness the Mission for High Schools: A Guide for State Policymakers

This guide focuses on College and Career Readiness (CCR) and attempts to distill key lessons from CCR reform efforts for state policymakers. The guide is organized around “a new set of basics” for what states must achieve at the high school level: standards, course requirements, curriculum and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Reaching the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness

This examines the degree to which the knowledge and skills contained in the Common Core State Standards are applicable to and important for postsecondary readiness. The method required postsecondary instructors from a wide range of postsecondary courses and institutions to rate each CCSS standard...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 11
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Action Agenda for Higher Education

To meet the goals of the Common Core State Standards, this issue brief describes key areas that will require active participation from higher education leaders and faculty from a broad array of disciplines. The areas include: defining college readiness and aligning key policies for the school-to-...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 12
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Blueprint for College Readiness: 50-State Policy Analysis Data Portal

This online database is a companion to the Blueprint for College Readiness report. The online database portal is interactive; users can explore the 50-state analysis by clicking the different policies. The database is also designed to respond to the unique needs of states.

Number of views: 15
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:30

2014 State Teacher Policy Yearbook National Summary: Are New Teachers Being Prepared for College- and Career-Readiness Standards?

As part of the National Council on Teacher Quality’s annual report on teacher policies, this year’s edition of the State Teacher Policy Yearbook continues to keep the spotlight on critical issues of teacher preparation. The 2014 yearbook has “expanded its policy analysis to examine the extent to...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 24
Date created: 12/22/2014 - 12:37

Developing and Using a Definition of College and Career Readiness: A Practical Primer for States

More of America's students will need to achieve some post-secondary education for a successful future in the workplace and society. Students need to graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills to complete a post-secondary education.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 24
Date created: 06/05/2014 - 14:26

Building a Plan for Higher Education to Implement the Smarter Balanced Assessment System

This document’s goal is to provide “guidance for state higher education leaders on one crucial aspect of implementation: the role that state systems of higher education must play to build toward recognition of the Smarter Balanced [Assessment Consortium] assessment as evidence that students are...

Number of views: 31
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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