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. 

Comprehensive Standards-Based Assessment Systems Supporting Learning

This brief is intended to provide a common foundation by laying out a general framework for a comprehensive, learning-based assessment system. The framework incorporates different types of assessment to serve the distinct information needs of different stakeholders, but all of the assessments are...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 727
Date created: 12/01/2016 - 09:00

A Blueprint for Creative Schools

The task force from the createCA coalition authored this guidance document which presented critical issues in education and made a series of policy recommendations to embed the arts into the fabric of the educational system. Two overarching themes are found throughout the Blueprint: infusing the 4...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 675
Date created: 01/11/2017 - 14:28

Appendix A – Conceptual Shifts in the Next Generation Science Standards

Appendix A of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) explains how the NGSS are different from previous science education standards and how they are relfective of the conceptual shifts in science education in the United States.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 670
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:06

Compendium of Preschool Through Elementary School Social‐Emotional Learning and Associated Assessment Measures

From the website: "This compendium, published by the University of Illinois-Chicago and CASEL, describes the tools to assess the social and emotional learning of preschool and elementary school students (i.e., five‐ to ten‐year‐olds), along with aspects of the contexts in which they learn and their...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 648
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 01:14

Mathematics Model Content Frameworks for Grades 3-11

The PARCC Model Content Frameworks are resources designed to help inform development of PARCC assessments, and support implementation of the Common Core State Standards.  The resource site provides educators with access to the following resources:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 641
Date created: 04/26/2015 - 20:51

Assessment Literacy: Making Sense of K-12 Assessment for Learning

AssessmentLiteracy.org is a website created as part of an assessment literacy initiative sponsored by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). The website provides information and guidance to educators and professional development providers about the purposes of assessment, the components of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 633
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:20

Are You Ready to Assess Social and Emotional Development?

The Ready to Assess toolkit is a suite of three resources that help school and district educators consider and select assessments on social and emotional learning (SEL). The toolkit includes the following:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 606
Date created: 01/03/2017 - 13:19

Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs): Policy Considerations for Meaningful Accountability

Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs) are instructional content-area units designed for consistency between what is taught, assessed, and how teachers are prepared. CEPAs combine elements of formative assessment and performance assessments to promote deeper learning outcomes. CEPAs...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 598
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:07

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