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. 

Common Core State Standards: Implementation Tools and Resources

The Council of Chief State School Officers developed this list of free tools and resources to support state education agencies, districts, and educators during the process of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This document primarily lists resources developed by CCSSO and other...

Number of views: 5
Date created: 03/10/2014 - 10:28

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

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: 10
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: 10
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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

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

Outcomes and Measures for College and Career Success: How Do We Know When High School Graduates Meet Expectations?

The purpose of this brief is to summarize and organize the college and career readiness outcomes and measures that the National High School Center has collected as part of a scan of organizations involved in college and career readiness. The brief summarizes outcomes and measures of college and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 15
Date created: 02/11/2014 - 10:09

Transitional Courses for College and Career Readiness

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has developed a model college and career readiness agenda composed of six interrelated components (see below). In two instructional modules, SREB reviews the progress in six states to improve readiness; suggest ways to build on existing policy, research...

Number of views: 16
Date created: 04/21/2014 - 12:32

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