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. 

Getting College and Career Ready During State Transition Toward the Common Core State Standards

This study provides a first look at how student college and career readiness have progressed in the early years of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation. Using longitudinal administrative data from Kentucky, an early adopter of the CCSS, it followed three cohorts of students from the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 7
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:27

What States can Learn about State Standards and Assessment Systems from No Child Left Behind Documents and Interviews with Central Region Assessment Directors

The purpose of this study is to describe the No Child Left Behind requirements for state standards and assessment systems. The authors examined official documents and peer review decision letters and included interviews with state assessment directors in the Central Region to highlight the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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

A Focused Look at Schools Receiving School Improvement Grants that Have Percentages of English Language Learner Students

This National Center for Education Evaluation (NCEE) brief focuses on 11 case study schools that that received federal funds through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program from 2010-11 to 2012-13. These schools had a high proportion of English Language Learner Students (ELLs).

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 05/23/2014 - 10:18

Test Security and Students with Disabilities: An Analysis of States’ 2013-14 Test Security Policies

This report describes how accommodated tests for students with disabilities, alternate assessments, and other related issues were addressed in states’ test security policies in 2013-2014. The researchers asked: (1) What information do states’ test security policies contain about students with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 10/10/2014 - 12:45

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

Practices that Support Data Use in Urban High Schools, Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR)

This article summarizes initial findings of a case study investigating data use in five low-performing urban high schools undergoing comprehensive school-wide reform. The case study investigated the ways in which disaggregated data were used to examine progress and guide improvement; factors and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 6
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 14:19

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

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