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. 

Against All Odds: Reversing Low Achievement of One School's Native American Students

This article is about Lapwai Elementary School, located on the Nez Perce Reservation in northern Idaho, which serves a K–6 population of 302 students, 84 percent of whom are Native American, and its success in raising student achievement. The article discusses the steps and initiatives that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 145
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 12:00

The California K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative Launches

This resource announces the launching of the first national K–8 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Early Implementation Initiative, whereby eight school districts throughout California will be collaborating and participating in leadership training for teachers and administrators and in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 136
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:31

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: 127
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:38

Guidelines for the Assessment of English Language Learners

This document comprises guidelines for practitioners when making suitable decisions regarding the assessment of English language learner (ELL) students in academic content areas. The guidelines provide recommendations about assessment issues relevant to ELL students, such as developing assessment...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 118
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:49

Connecting Common Core to Teacher Evaluation

This article in AASA’s School Administrator magazine says that rigorous instructional demands tied to standards warrant system-wide supports at the supervisor level. The author says that to address the Common Core standards effectively, teachers and their school district supervisors must ensure...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 117
Date created: 05/08/2014 - 11:20

READi (Reading, Evidence, and Argumentation in Disciplinary Instruction)

This resource highlights the work of the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd, and its correlation to the goals and vision of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), through a collaborative study with the University of Illinois at Chicago and others from 2010–2015.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 116
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 11:47

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: 116
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:44

Supporting Formative Assessment for Deeper Learning: A Primer for Policymakers

This primer argues that effective formative assessment is essential to successfully implementing new college- and career-ready standards. It explains what formative assessment is, how it works in practice, and why it is critically important in fostering powerful pedagogy and 21st-century...

Number of views: 113
Date created: 01/18/2017 - 11:20

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