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. 

Performance Tasks for English Language Arts

This presentation provides detailed performance task descriptions and examples that illustrate key performance task features that are an important part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System. Performance tasks are designed for students to demonstrate their ability to think and reason and apply...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19,044
Date created: 03/24/2015 - 18:00

Mathematics Item and Task Specifications

Item and performance task specifications provide guidance on how to translate the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications into actual assessment items. Mathematics Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) specs are organized by claim (1, 2, 3, or 4) and grade level or grade level band. Available in ZIP file...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 9,262
Date created: 03/26/2015 - 17:18

A List of Non-Cognitive Assessment Instruments

From the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, this resource lists assessment instruments on "non-cognitive skills" for college-age students. As described in the resource, non-cognitive skills promote "students’ ability to think cogently about information, manage their time, get...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7,081
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 00:35

English Language Arts Item and Task Specifications

Item and performance task specifications provide guidance on how to translate the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications into actual assessment items.  ELA Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) specs are organized by grade level (bands 3-5, 6-8, and grade 11) and by claim and assessment target. Each...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 5,104
Date created: 03/25/2015 - 13:48

English Language Arts Evidence Statements

PARCC has made available a series of ELA Test Specifications Documents, for Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-11. These resources include a set of Evidence Statements that

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 4,564
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 21:42

SEL Assessment Guide

The Assessment Guide provides several resources for leaders and implementation teams in PreK-12th grade settings who are making decisions about selecting and using measures of student SEL. This includes guidance on how to select an assessment and use student SEL competency data, a catalog from...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 2,861
Date created: 11/29/2018 - 09:29

STEAM Georgia: Guiding Document for STEAM Certification

Georgia Department of Education provides STEAM certifications to whole schools or programs within schools. This guidance document provides definitions to help schools understand what is included in a STEAM education. The STEAM Georgia webpage, where this document is housed, includes other helpful...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 2,257
Date created: 01/11/2017 - 14:42

Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

In this Edutopia article, Professor Susanne Denham highlights five assessments related to social and emotional learning (SEL). The selected assessments were chosen based on the author's criteria on effective assessment for educational settings. This article is adapted from the author's chapter, "...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 2,095
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 10:02

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