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. 

WIDA - Top Posts from the First 18 Months

This is a blog from the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment organization. WIDA's goal is to advance academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for...

Number of views: 8
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:05

The Problem with Proficiency

In this blog article, the author argues for the elimination of proficiency standards, saying that they represent a school demographic background far more than school effectiveness. He argues “using these rates to evaluate schools will end up mislabeling many as failures that might in fact be doing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 11:08

ELL Accommodations Training-Working with School Teams to Individualize ELL Accommodations Decisions

On February 27, 2014, the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) presented a train-the-trainer Webinar to provide district and school staff with guidance and resources to use when training teams of educators to individualize ELL...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 02/28/2014 - 12:10

The Case for Growth: Why Measure Student Learning?

This guide, published by the Northwest Evaluation Association, provides practical insights for educators, parents, and policy makers on the necessity of measuring student growth. The guide examines the ways in which assessment measures student growth fairly and accurately and discusses how growth...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 05/19/2014 - 12:23

State Accountability in the Transition to Common Core

This policy brief from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute presents advice on challenges to Common Core transitions. A research team from Fordham interviewed key policymakers and influentials in five states (Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and New York) to gather information on how the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 07/02/2014 - 11:17

The Common Core Takes Hold: Implementation Moves Steadily Forward

In this article, Robert Rothman presents a general overview of implementation practices of the Common Core across the nation. Rothman discusses the idea of “standards deviation” or differences in interpretation of how standards should be implemented. He also discusses cross state and national...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 07/18/2014 - 14:11

State Standard-Setting Processes in Brief

State legislatures require a variety of processes in the adoption of education standards. This brief describes steps in these state standard-setting processes, such as review of the standards and validity evaluations. The brief also provides profiles of eight states’ standard-setting and review...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:18

Blueprint for College Readiness: A 50-State Policy Analysis

The Blueprint Report is designed by state leaders to feature a menu of 10 critical policies that promote college readiness and success, specifically improving student success and transition from high school to post-secondary education. The Blueprint "is designed to serve as a framework to help K–12...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:28

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