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. 

Moving Forward: A National Perspective on States' Progress in Common Core State Standards Implementation Planning

This study serves as a follow-up a January 2012 Preparing for Change report, which detailed state-reported survey responses about the status of CCSS implementation planning in 2011 overall and in three key areas: teacher professional development, curriculum guides, and teacher-evaluation systems.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 39
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 11:12

Implementation of the English Language Proficiency Standards Across the WIDA Consortium

This study examined the ways in which educators across the WIDA Consortium use WIDA’s English language proficiency standards, and in particular the model performance indicators (MPIs). Thirty-nine educators from 14 districts across seven of WIDA’s states participated in the study. These states...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 56
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 10:48

Instructional Alignment as a Measure of Teaching Quality

Article abstract: “Recent years have seen the convergence of two major policy streams in U.S. K–12 education: standards/accountability and teacher quality reforms. Work in these areas has led to the creation of multiple measures of teacher quality, including measures of their instructional...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 96
Date created: 07/02/2014 - 11:19

Challenges in Evaluating Special Education Teachers and English Language Learner Specialists

The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, with support from the Council for Exceptional Children, conducted a study with administrators and state and district directors of special education on policies and practices the evaluation of special education teachers and English language...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 28
Date created: 07/10/2014 - 11:01

Capturing the Dimensions of Effective Teaching: Student Achievement Gains, Student Surveys, and Classroom Observations

In this article, Thomas Kane describes findings from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, the largest study of instructional practice ever conducted. So far, the findings of the project reveal that for teacher evaluation systems should rely on...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 14
Date created: 08/13/2014 - 13:42

State Implementation of Common Core State Standards: Evaluation of Teachers and Leaders

The Southern Regional Education Board is conducting a multi-year study of how 14 states are implementing the Common Core State Standards. Six individual reports are part of the "Benchmarking State Implementation of Common Core Standards" project: a summary report, plus five reports with detailed...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 26
Date created: 09/18/2014 - 11:48

Testing Overload in America’s Schools

The goals of this study were to obtain a better understanding of how much time students spend taking tests and to identify the degree to which the tests are mandated by districts or states. The study focused on 14 urban and suburban districts in seven states during the 2013-14 school year....

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 92
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 14:02

Does Better Observation Make Better Teachers?

This article examines a unique intervention in the Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Excellence in Teaching Project (EITP) to uncover the causal impact on school performance of the Danielson Framework for Teaching, an evaluation system based on highly structured classroom observations of teacher...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 14
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:10

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