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. 

Measuring Teacher Effectiveness: A Resource for Teachers, Administrators, Policymakers, and Parents

This is a RAND website that features fact sheets, blog posts, research briefs, and more on the important and often controversial issue of test scores used as part of a teacher’s evaluation.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 9
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 10:54

Race to the Top-District Action Brief: Establishing the Foundational Conditions for Personalized Learning

This paper provides a blueprint for districts that wish to strengthen their RTTD applications. In it, the author recommends  foundational conditions schools must put in place to transform classrooms and the school itself such that students and educators are ready to implement innovative,...

Number of views: 15
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:47

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: 41
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: 58
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 10:48

Examining High-Stakes Testing

In summer 2013, results from Common Core–aligned tests in New York showed a steep decline in outcomes. Common Core advocates hailed the scores as an honest accounting of school and student performance, while others worried that they reflected problems with the tests, inadequate support for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 01/30/2014 - 10:11

Guiding District Implementation of Common Core State Standards: Innovation Configuration Maps

These Innovation Configuration maps were developed by a task force of Kentucky educators with support from Kentucky Department of Education, Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center at Edvantia, and Learning Forward to align with the four pillars of Kentucky’s Leadership Networks. They are offered...

Number of views: 85
Date created: 02/10/2014 - 09:58

Teaching to the Core: Integrating Implementation of Common Core and Teacher Effectiveness Policies

To strengthen state implementation of Common Core State Standards and meaningful teacher evaluations, the Aspen Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in this policy brief suggest ten actions to move beyond simply implementing ambitious reforms in parallel--teacher...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:40

Connecting Common Core to Teacher Evaluation

This article in AASA’s School Administrator magazine says that rigorous instructional demands tied to standards warrant system-wide supports at the supervisor level. The author says that to address the Common Core standards effectively, teachers and their school district supervisors must ensure...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 125
Date created: 05/08/2014 - 11:20

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