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. 

What Are the Myths and Misconceptions Around Formative Assessment?

The topic for this segment of Bam! Radio (an all-education radio network that offers programming from top education organizations and leaders) is formative assessment. Guest Nancy Frey, a professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and teacher-leader at Health Sciences High...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 21
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 10:54

Next Generation Science Assessment Project

The Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) team is developing technology-enhanced assessment tasks, rubrics, and accompanying instructional resources in physical science and life science for middle school classrooms. The project aims to create exemplary tasks that can be used during instruction...

Number of views: 1,178
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:50

Understanding Formative Assessment: Insights from Learning Theory and Measurement Theory

From the website summary: "Formative assessment is intended to yield real-time information about if and how students are learning—and what might be impeding their progress. Insights gained from this ongoing classroom assessment process can help teachers shape instruction and guide student efforts...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 441
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:18

Teacher Learning Through Assessment: How Student-Performance Assessments Can Support Teacher Learning

From the summary: "As the internationally benchmarked Common Core State Standards, or CCSS, are adopted in states across the country, educators are seeking ways to support an increasingly diverse student population to meet these more demanding expectations. The likelihood that students will achieve...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:20

Formative Assessment: The Right Question at the Right Time

This blog post provides easily accessible information on what formative assessment is. It focuses on questioning as a strategy for eliciting evidence of student learning.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 53
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:35

The “Data Wise” Improvement Process: Eight Steps for Using Test Data to Improve Teaching and Learning

This article is adapted from Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning, edited by Kathryn Parker Boudett, Elizabeth A. City, and Richard J. Murnane (Harvard Education Press, 2005). The authors recommend an 8-step process for using data to improve...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 90
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:57

Deeper Learning: Policies for a 21st Century Education

From the Introduction: "This report is aimed at supporting state boards of education that are working on providing significantly more students with deeper learning opportunities and facilitating board-level conversations on key related topics. The report provides foundational principles that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:10

The Mathematics Common Core Toolbox

This toolbox is meant to support districts in their implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Dana Center believes the new standards provide an opportunity for districts to move their students to higher levels of achievement. However, they also recognize the challenges districts...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 416
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 12:31

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