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. 

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Action Agenda for Higher Education

To meet the goals of the Common Core State Standards, this issue brief describes key areas that will require active participation from higher education leaders and faculty from a broad array of disciplines. The areas include: defining college readiness and aligning key policies for the school-to-...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 12
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Putting the Pieces Together: Summary Report of the Invitational Research Symposium on Through-Course Summative Assessments

This report summarizes expert presentations and discussions about through-course summative assessments being developed by the two Common Core State Standards (CCSS) consortia. The presentations and discussions took place during the 2011 Invitational Research Symposium on Through-Course Summative...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 12
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

A Strong State Role in Common Core State Standards Implementation: Rubric and Self-Assessment Tool

The purpose of this tool is to assist states in gauging the strength of their Common Core State Standards implementation plans and to illustrate how to improve them. A high scoring state according to the rubric and tool, has three essential attributes: a system design reflecting accountability for...

Number of views: 95
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Draft Framework for High-Quality English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and Assessments

The draft Framework for High Quality English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and Assessments was developed in response to requests from states for assistance from the U.S. Department of Education on how to evaluate the technical quality of their ELP standards and assessments.

Number of views: 19
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: 48
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends

Educational Leadership article in which a noted literacy expert discusses five myths about the new standards and explains what the standards really entail.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 80
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Education Week: Spotlight on Assessment Website

The Education Week Spotlight on Assessment is a collection of articles hand-picked by Education Week editors including the following topics: classroom evidence of learning, formative assessment, computer-adaptive testing, the promises and challenges of open-ended test items, and the debate over...

Number of views: 26
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

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