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. 

Illinois Assessment Literacy Training Module

This website contains a 39-page guide, Guiding Principles for Classroom Assessment, that discusses assessment design, preparation, analysis, and quality (reliability, validity, cultural diversity, and fairness). A 4.5-minute webinar, Introduction to Balanced Assessment, gives an overview of a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 217
Date created: 12/22/2015 - 14:10

Appendix K: Model Course Mapping in Middle and High School for the Next Generation Science Standards

This resource is part of Volume II of the Next Generation Science Standards. It provides examples of course maps for grade-banded standards (6–8 and 9–12) to best prepare students for postsecondary success in college and careers. The authors describe rationales for the course models and clarify...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 158
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:41

Considerations for State Leaders in the Design of School Accountability Systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) differs significantly from its predecessor, known as the No Child Left Behind Act. The new ESSA provides only a narrow timeline for states to adjust their accountability systems. This publication provides initial guidance for this adjustment...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 120
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:46

READi (Reading, Evidence, and Argumentation in Disciplinary Instruction)

This resource highlights the work of the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd, and its correlation to the goals and vision of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), through a collaborative study with the University of Illinois at Chicago and others from 2010–2015.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 106
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 11:47

Supporting Formative Assessment for Deeper Learning: A Primer for Policymakers

This primer argues that effective formative assessment is essential to successfully implementing new college- and career-ready standards. It explains what formative assessment is, how it works in practice, and why it is critically important in fostering powerful pedagogy and 21st-century...

Number of views: 103
Date created: 01/18/2017 - 11:20

Student Learning Objective (SLO) Toolkit

The Student Learning Objective (SLO) Toolkit, developed by the Center for Assessment, is intended to help educators develop quality SLOs. The Toolkit consists of an introductory video, Powerpoint presentation, templates, examples, informational documents, and supporting materials.  One component of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 100
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:20

Assessment Literacy Standards: A National Imperative

The purpose of this publication is to increase assessment literacy for policymakers, district and school administrators, teachers, and students. To do so, the authors have created assessment literacy standards for each stakeholder group. Emphasis is on maximizing assessment benefits, reducing ...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 98
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:44

Testing Action Plan: State and District Profiles

This website page summarizes actions that several states and school districts have taken in order to reduce their amounts of testing, thereby increasing instructional time. In general, those actions include a review of the numbers and estimated time to take tests in a specific state or district,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 79
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 13:10

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