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. 

CSAI Theory of Action

The nation faces an unprecedented education challenge as nearly all of our states work to implement new and rigorous college and career readiness standards and the innovative assessments designed to measure student learning against these standards. The Center on Standards and Assessment...

Number of views: 32
Date created: 02/27/2015 - 13:33

High School State Assessment in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – Frequently Asked Questions

This resource provides an overview of high school assessment requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including information on the different assessment options that states have under ESSA.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 47
Date created: 06/22/2017 - 11:38

Selecting Text Tool

This tool is designed to help teachers make appropriate text selections for their classroom. For additional information, see the complementary CSAI resource, Supporting Students in Close Reading.

Number of views: 52
Date created: 06/01/2015 - 14:04

Getting a Handle on the Standards - Worksheet 6 Implication Coding Worksheet - Identifying Needed Resources

After examining the new Mathematics and ELA & Literacy CCSS in depth, an important next step in thinking about the CCSS is to determine what existing curricular materials are currently available for providing instruction in each of the standards. Use Worksheet #6 to complete this task.

Number of views: 54
Date created: 05/29/2015 - 15:19

Getting a Handle on the Standards - Worksheet 5 Note Taking Worksheet - Implication Coding

After examining the new Mathematics and ELA & Literacy CCSS in depth, an important next step in thinking about the CCSS is to determine what existing lessons are currently aligned to the standards. Use Worksheet #5 to complete this task.

Number of views: 66
Date created: 05/29/2015 - 15:18

Assessing English Learners Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as Amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), includes new provisions that are designed to support ELs’ participation in statewide testing. To facilitate testing of ELs and to support their testing participation, ESSA includes stipulations for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 69
Date created: 03/08/2019 - 09:54

Evidence-Centered Design: A Summary

In this brief, Herman and Linn define evidence-centered design (ECD) and its relationship to PARCC and Smarter Balanced consortia assessments. ECD is a principled approach with interrelated stages for assessment development and validation. The main purpose for ECD is to support a close...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 72
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 14:33

Achieving College- and Career-Ready Success with Formative Assessment

​CSAI team members Barbara Jones and Sandy Chang shared the following information during CSAI's annual conference, held on December 10-11, 2015. The presentation introduces CSAI curriculum and instruction resources for creating and refining lessons to support CCRS success.  For more information...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 74
Date created: 09/17/2016 - 12:36

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