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. 

Similar Students, Different Results: Why Do Some Schools Do Better?

This report summarizes a study that addresses the question: “What accounts for the difference in [Academic Performance Index] API performance among schools that serve similar students?” The study focused on similar schools in a sample of California school districts.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 13
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Road Ahead for State Assessments

This report includes three papers that address critical “next generation” issues in assessment policy that can help to guide the choices made about system design: computer adaptive assessments, assessment of English learners and assessing science. The common conclusion in all three papers is that...

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

Smarter News – the SBAC Monthly Newsletter

Smarter Balanced provides monthly updates on the development of the Smarter Balanced assessment system and activities in member states.

Number of views: 43
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

What Four States are Doing to Support Local Data-Driven Decision Making: Policies, Practices, and Programs

This report documents how four state education agencies are supporting local data-driven decisionmaking through their policies, practices, and programs for creating data systems, improving data access and use, and building district and school capacity to use data.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 28
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

What States can Learn about State Standards and Assessment Systems from No Child Left Behind Documents and Interviews with Central Region Assessment Directors

The purpose of this study is to describe the No Child Left Behind requirements for state standards and assessment systems. The authors examined official documents and peer review decision letters and included interviews with state assessment directors in the Central Region to highlight the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Judging Student Achievement: Why Getting the Right Data Matters

No Child Left Behind offers a useful framework for thinking about the kinds of data needed to identify students having difficulty meeting standards and to document school progress in closing the achievement gap over time. This issue brief discusses the benefits and questions that can be answered by...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Putting Data Into Practice: Lessons From New York City

While New York’s size and the scope of its initiative make it unique, the district provides a rich and timely illustration of how data is being used in an urban school system—and how it can be employed in smaller districts, as well. Seen from the perspective of both its obstacles and successes, New...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Teachers’ Ability to Use Data to Inform Instruction: Challenges and Supports

This report describes an exploratory substudy on teachers’ thinking about data conducted in conjunction with the larger Study of Education Data Systems and Decision Making data collection and the implications of the substudy findings for teacher preparation and support.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 140
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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