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. 

Dear Colleague Letter on the Transition to ESSA - December 18, 2015

This guidance letter provides information on the authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In this letter, the U.S. Department of Education discusses:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 49
Date created: 02/08/2016 - 16:25

Dear Colleague Letter on ESSA - January 28, 2016

This letter provides additional guidance regarding ESSA implementation, particularly regarding issues that impact state operations during the 2016–2017 school year. For the 2016–2017 school year, formula grant recipients are expected to operate under the plans, procedures, and requirements in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 46
Date created: 02/10/2016 - 12:29

Every Student Succeeds Act (PowerPoint Presentation)

This webinar provides an overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the transition process for states. States will not need to submit annual measurable objectives (AMOs) or create new annual measurable achievement objectives (AMAOs) for the 2014–2015 or 2015–2016 school years. Report...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 224
Date created: 02/10/2016 - 12:49

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: 123
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 11:46

Assessment and Accountability Presentation

CSAI Co-Director Deb Sigman and Associate Director Joan Herman presented at the West Comprehensive Center on the implications of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on state assessment and accountability systems. This information can help RCCs and SEAs address assessment, accountability, and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 461
Date created: 03/29/2016 - 11:56

Ohio Testing Report and Recommendations

In response to the Ohio Governor and General Assembly 2014 request, the Ohio Department of Education conducted a survey of the number of tests administered to students with the intended goal of reducing the amount of time that students spend on test taking and test preparation activities. The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 41
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:41

The Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force (HB14-1202): Report of Findings and Recommendations

In 2014, the Colorado General Assembly created the Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force to study Colorado’s state and local assessment systems. A key goal was to reduce the testing burden on school districts and schools, as well as to address technology assessment needs and costs. Although...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:42

Dear Colleague Letter - April 1, 2016

This letter is a response to calls from stakeholders across the educational system to provide clarification to the equity and excellence goals of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to protect the civil rights of students. The Department began the process of negotiated rulemaking in two areas...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 52
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 12:12