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. 

Developing and Selecting Assessments of Student Growth for Use in Teacher Evaluation Systems

This policy brief advises states and school districts on valid ways to use assessments for teacher evaluation purposes.

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

Education Watch State Reports - 2006

The Education Watch State Reports - 2006 provide a snapshot of student achievement and the condition of public education in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the nation.

Number of views: 8
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: 89
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Building a Plan for Higher Education to Implement the Smarter Balanced Assessment System

This document’s goal is to provide “guidance for state higher education leaders on one crucial aspect of implementation: the role that state systems of higher education must play to build toward recognition of the Smarter Balanced [Assessment Consortium] assessment as evidence that students are...

Number of views: 31
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Coherence: Key to Next Generation Assessment Success

This guide provides recommendations on coherent assessment systems that improve student learning.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 15
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Moving Your Numbers: Five Districts Share How They Used Assessment and Accountability to Increase Performance for Students with Disabilities as Part of District-wide Improvement

This article examines how five demographically dissimilar school districts use assessment and accountability as an impetus to implement positive changes in their schools. The article emphasizes that each district refrains from using assessment data as the reason that teachers cannot teach or that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
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

Reflections on Educational Testing: Problems and Opportunities

This article provides guidance to the Carnegie-IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education as to possible assessment-related initiatives to improve mathematics and science learning in the United States. The article focuses on (1) classroom assessments and (2) assessments for accountability...

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

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