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. 

Tough Choices in Designing a Formative Assessment System

This article focuses on the growing number of school districts in the United States that are introducing formative assessment systems to measure student skills in core subjects throughout the year. The article states that the underlying logic is that providing teachers with timely information on...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 49
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Guidance for Developing and Selecting Assessments of Student Growth for Use in Teacher Evaluation Systems (Extended Version)

This article provides comprehensive guidance for including test scores in teacher evaluations.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 40
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

A New Model of Student Assessment for the 21st Century

This paper details a model to remediate a history of academic underachievement by urban students; significantly improve their chance of graduating; and successfully launch them on to college. The paper challenges long-established practices and provides recommendations for improving secondary...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 21
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards

This guide focuses on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), which formally began in June 2009 as a collaborative effort among nearly all U.S. states and territories. Forty-five states subsequently adopted the CCSS in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) and joined one of two...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Designing Schoolwide Programs: Non-Regulatory Guidance

This document is intended to complement the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and to serve as a “technical assistance resource” for schools (p. 2). This resource contains guidance for “the comprehensive needs assessment, the comprehensive plan, and the annual program evaluation” for schools (...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 51
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Education Watch State Reports - 2006

The Education Watch State Reports - 2006 provide a snapshot of student achievement and the condition of public education in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the nation.

Number of views: 8
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

How Should We Measure Student Learning? 5 Keys to Comprehensive Assessment

This article addresses the following: How should we measure student learning? Testing represents a commitment to high academic standards and school accountability. When the financial and emotional stakes associated with standardized tests are disproportionately high, this laudable goal becomes...

Number of views: 25
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

A New Foundation for Science Education: The Development of the Next Generation Science Standards

This brief is intended as an overview for policy leaders who need a concise summary of why and how the NGSS were developed, important ways in which they differ from current state standards, and considerations as they determine whether the NGSS will be adopted in their respective states.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 9
Date created: 10/17/2013 - 16:00