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. 

The Data-informed District: A District-wide Evaluation of Data Use in the Natrona County School District

Wayman, Cho, & Johnston describe a data-informed district as one where educational data inform every decision and are used by every educator at every level. In such a district, common understandings exist about the nature of learning, the nature of teaching, and how data may best inform these...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 85
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment

This article focuses on one aspect of teaching: formative assessment, and provides evidence that formative assessment is an essential component of classroom work The article suggests that teachers and students must directly implement formative assessment in the classroom in order to raise standards...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 157
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Including Performance Assessments in Accountability Systems: A Review of Scale-up Efforts

The purpose of this field review is to understand previous efforts at scaling up performance assessments for use across districts and states. Through a systematic description of seven performance assessment scale-up efforts, as well as descriptions of analogous efforts from teacher certification,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 9
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Predictive Validity of Selected Benchmark Assessments Used in the Mid-Atlantic Region

This report examines the availability and quality of predictive validity data for a selection of benchmark assessments identified by state and district personnel as in use within Mid-Atlantic Region jurisdictions. The report finds that evidence is generally lacking of their predictive validity with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 17
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

Learning about Assessment: An Evaluation of a Ten-State Effort to Build Assessment Capacity in High Schools

This report focuses primarily on the third goal of this project, which is the creation and function of teacher learning teams focused on assessment for learning.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 9
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Seductive Allure of Data

In this article, James Popham helps to differentiate between the overwhelming data from achievement tests and data that will lead to improved instruction and learning.

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

Fact or Fiction

The subject of this column is “decision-based data-making.” This is not a misprint. Educational leaders and policymakers pride themselves on “data-based decision-making,” but discerning school board members must evaluate carefully which came first—the data or the decision. With that, this article...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 18
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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