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. 

Policy Recommendations for College and Career Ready Standards in Secondary Schools

In this policy brief, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) calls upon policymakers to help principals effectively implement new college and career ready standards. The report makes separate sets of recommendations for federal, state, and district policymakers to help...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 06/26/2014 - 11:23

PARCC College- and Career-Ready Determination Policy in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics & Policy-Level Performance Level Descriptors

This document, adopted by PARCC after extensive public feedback from K-12 educators, higher education faculty, parents, and community members, has been used to guide the development of items and tasks for the PARCC assessments in ELA/literacy and mathematics. It will also serve to guide the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 07/10/2014 - 11:15

The Common Core Standards: Starting Now

This Educational Leadership magazine article provides guidance on what schools and districts can do to move forward in implementing the Common Core State Standards, given limited resources and time. The authors specifically focus on strategies and resources related to English language arts and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 09:37

Roadmap for a Successful Transition to the Common Core in States and Districts

The purpose of this report from the Center for American Progress is to provide recommendations for practical ways that states and districts can enact in order to realize the benefits of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and improve the quality of education for all students. The authors...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 11/03/2014 - 09:46

None of the Above: A New Approach to Testing and Assessment

This report by Educators 4 Excellence, a teacher-led organization that seeks to elevate the voices of teachers in policy discussions, presents recommendations for changes to the current systems of evaluating student performance in light of Common Core implementation. A group of 14 teachers worked...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 13:55

In Native Schools, Hope and Fears about New Nationwide Standards

The gap between how Native American students and white students perform academically is the widest in the country based on test scores, graduation rates and college enrollments. This article explores the potential impact of the Common Core state standards on Native American students and schools,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 7
Date created: 12/26/2014 - 09:13

A Public Policy Statement

The Gordon Commission is a group of distinguished scholars and educational leaders who examine educational assessment policy, practice, and technology. The commission looks to “produce a vision for assessment that is fair and beneficial to improving U.S. education and which will advance technology...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:14

First Nations Schools Report Points to Education Gap

In this short article, CBC News summarizes an evaluation that found that Canada's First Nations' schools (native students on reserves) have lower quality teaching, an inferior curriculum, and fail to provide proper services for children with special needs, compared to other Canadian students. The...

Number of views: 7
Date created: 02/02/2015 - 14:39

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