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. 

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: 151
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:03

Formative Assessment: Caveat Emptor

This article reviews formative assessment research focusing on features that help to explain how formative assessment works to improve learning. The article offers criteria to clarify the distinction between formative assessment and formative program evaluation. The article proposes solutions for...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 150
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Quality Counts 2016: Report and Rankings

This is the 20th edition of Education Week's Quality Counts report - Called to Account: New Directions in School Accountability - which focuses on how new state and federal policies have transformed assessment and accountability for schools. Quality Counts includes reports and articles written by...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 148
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:52

Text Complexity and English Learners—Building Vocabulary

As part of a series of accessible articles on reading instruction (Text Matters), Elfrieda Hiebert examines the particular issues faced by English learners with regard to text complexity. Prior to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), old standards documents referred to reading proficiency with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 145
Date created: 05/02/2014 - 11:48

Inherent Measurement Challenges in the Next Generation Science Standards for Both Formative and Summative Assessment

The authors of this paper provide an overview of the major challenges associated with assessment of the NGSS, specifically the trade-offs that should be considered when designing a system of assessments. Assessment developers and state policymakers will benefit from this resource as they begin to...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 145
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 11:02

Planning Instruction to Meet the Intent of the Next Generation Science Standards

In this paper, the authors examine how to design instruction to support students in meeting a cluster or ‘‘bundle’’ of Performance Expectations (PEs) and how to blend the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to develop lesson-level PEs that can be used for guiding...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 143
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:25

Using Formative Reading Assessment to Enhance Content Area Learning

This resource is an archived webinar from the Literacy in Learning Exchange, a coalition of stakeholders representing experts and organizations in advancing literacy learning. This webinar presents formative assessment strategies for guiding literacy instruction in all content areas. It is led by...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 143
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:23

Connecting Diverse Cultures—Videos and Companion Guide

This resource is for educators and professional development leaders who are seeking to increase understanding of diverse cultures in their schools and districts. This resource includes a DVD called Refugee Families & Refugee Youth with two videos, "A New Day" and "Be Who You Are," and a...

Number of views: 143
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:24