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. 

Distinguishing Formative Assessment from Other Educational Assessment Labels

From the publisher: "In this document, the FAST SCASS (Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers - State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards) aims to clarify the meaning and uses of the types of assessment most frequently used in education. By so doing, the FAST SCASS intends to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 170
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:24

Science Assessments: Innovations in the Next Generation of State Assessments

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the K-12 Center at ETS collaborated to present this webinar discussing options for science assessment aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The webinar provided an overview of the NGSS, and panelists discussed activities in states that...

Number of views: 169
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 09:20

CSAI Presentation at CERA 2017

At the 2017 California Educational Research Association's (CERA) annual conference, CSAI Director Deb Sigman and Assistant Director Bryan Hemberg presented a session called Designing a Comprehensive Assessment System. Co-presenting were Marie Mancuso, Associate Director of the West Comprehensive...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 158
Date created: 01/29/2018 - 17:44

Backward Design for Forward Action

This publication provides a concise overview of a three-stage, data-driven backward planning process to improve student learning. This backward design process proposes systemic changes at the classroom, school, and district levels in order to develop meaningful assessments and learning plans. The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 154
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:20

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

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

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: 140
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 13:31

Colorado Assessment Review Tool

The Assessment Review Tool (ART) is intended for use in analyzing summative K–12 classroom assessments to determine their quality and efficacy, their suitability for use as student growth measures, and their alignment with the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS). With very minor modification the tool...

Number of views: 133
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:12

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