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. 

Effective Standards-Based Practices for Native American Students: A Review of Research Literature

From the report abstract: "Research and related literature were reviewed to summarize evidence on the effectiveness of different instructional practices for helping Native American students meet standards. In English language arts, 16 reports were reviewed. In mathematics, 8 reports were reviewed....

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 124
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 11:19

Get Ready for NextGen Science

This article, written by a district administrator in 2013, brings to light the innovative nature of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and what it means in terms of responding, as an administrator, to the expectations of the NGSS, impressing the need to respond with support in light of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 123
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:38

Guide to Evaluating Assessments Using the CCSSO Criteria for High Quality Assessments: Focus on Test Content

Because the results from state assessments are often used for high stakes purposes, it is important that the assessments themselves are of high quality. In this publication, the authors propose a methodology for evaluating state assessments for summative purposes. They describe their methodology...

Number of views: 121
Date created: 02/24/2016 - 17:23

Considerations for State Leaders in the Design of School Accountability Systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) differs significantly from its predecessor, known as the No Child Left Behind Act. The new ESSA provides only a narrow timeline for states to adjust their accountability systems. This publication provides initial guidance for this adjustment...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 121
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:46

Results of President Obama’s Race to the Top

From the Publisher: "This study examines the effects of Obama’s Race to the Top [funding initiative] on education policymaking around the country. The overall findings . . . indicate that Race to the Top had a meaningful impact on the production of education policy across the United States. In its ...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 118
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:03

Revitalising Indigenous Languages in Homogenising Times

This article details data from three well-documented American Indian language immersion programs—Hawaiian, Keres (Pueblo), and Navajo—and from an ongoing large comparative study of language shift/retention in six Indian school-community sites. The data suggest that immersion schooling serves the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 116
Date created: 08/18/2014 - 10:07

High Stakes Testing: Issues, Implications, and Remedies for English Language Learners

This article discusses the issues and implications of high-stakes tests on English language learner (ELL) students. Specifically, ELL students are increasingly included in high-stakes assessments connected to accountability efforts (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 [NCLB]), and thus it is...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 114
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Assessment Literacy Standards: A National Imperative

The purpose of this publication is to increase assessment literacy for policymakers, district and school administrators, teachers, and students. To do so, the authors have created assessment literacy standards for each stakeholder group. Emphasis is on maximizing assessment benefits, reducing ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 113
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:44

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