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. 

The Instructional Influence of Interim Assessments: Voices From the Field

This chapter provides a review of the literature on the rationale for the use of data to improve instruction and findings on how interim assessments may be used for formative purposes, how teachers analyze and use interim data, and the factors that influence use. The authors also share the results...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 32
Date created: 03/22/2017 - 14:04

Student-Centered Assessment Resources

From the website introduction: "What is student-centered assessment? What is it not? How is it implemented in the classroom, and when implemented, what is the impact?

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 14:03

Understanding Student Learning: The Need for Education Data

This informational resource provides an overview of the types of data that schools often collect as well as the purposes behind data use. The main topics are: What types of data do schools collect?  How do schools use student education data to help individual students?  Who needs education data?...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:52

A New Era for Educational Assessment

From the abstract: "In this article, David Conley focuses on how to assess meaningful learning in ways that promote student achievement while simultaneously meeting system accountability needs. The article draws upon research that supports the notion that a major shift in educational assessment is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:49

Teaching is the Core: District Assessment Review

Cortland School District's Assessment Project worked to streamline the number of assessments students take and to ensure that assessments provide feedback about achievement of specific standards-based learning goals. The Assessment Project occurred in two phases.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 35
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:35

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making

The practice guide was developed by a panel of experts who synthesized available research with expert opinion to provide five recommendations essential for the effective use of data. The five recommendations are: Make data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement. Teach students to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 35
Date created: 03/21/2017 - 18:01

The Impact of Indiana's System of Interim Assessments on Mathematics and Reading Achievement

The randomized controlled study in Indiana found, and the WWC confirmed, that the use of Indiana’s Diagnostic Assessment Tools (mClass for K-2, Acuity for grades 3-8) did not have a statistically significant impact on general mathematics achievement or reading achievement for the full sample of...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 37
Date created: 03/23/2017 - 16:24

Illinois State Board of Education Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts

The Illinois State Board of Education, with permission from Achieve, has adapted the Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts (see Related Resources below) to address the state's local contexts and uses of assessments. Much of the content is found in this document is also found in the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 38
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:33

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