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. 

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: 122
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

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

Making the Grade: A 50-State Analysis of School Accountability Systems

This publication includes: an historical overview of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; a review of the requirements of the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act; a summary of the difference types of accountability systems used by states; and specific information about different state...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 60
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:42

Final Regulations on ESSA Accountability and State Plans Memorandum

This memorandum describes the major changes included in the final accountability and State plan regulations, when compared to the original Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register on May 31, 2016. In each specific topic area, the proposed regulations are first...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 13
Date created: 12/12/2016 - 08:41

Significant Changes: ESSA Accountability and State Plan Regulations—Notice of Proposed Rulemaking vs. Final Regulation

This resource provides a table summarizing significant changes between the original Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and the final regulations for ESSA accountability and state plans.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 18
Date created: 12/12/2016 - 08:46

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Highlights of Final Regulations on Accountability Systems, Report Cards, and State Plans

On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education published final regulations amending parts 200 and 299 of Title 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These regulations, effective on January 30, 2017, establish new rules for statewide accountability systems, state and local educational...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 52
Date created: 12/12/2016 - 09:01