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. 

Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core

Learning Forward’s Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core is a multidimensional initiative focused on developing a comprehensive system of professional learning that spans the distance from the statehouse to the classroom. With...

Number of views: 49
Date created: 10/17/2013 - 16:35

Using Formative Assessment to Improve Student Achievement in the Core Content Areas

Based on a broad analysis of existing studies, this briefing paper covers what formative assessment is, the purposes of formative assessment, why teachers and others should use formative assessment, research findings about formative assessment, how formative assessment fits into curriculum and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 82
Date created: 10/17/2013 - 16:49

Treating Common-Core Syndrome

This article provides the author’s perspective and recommendations on how to assure that the Common Core State Standards become a long-term support to improved teaching and learning rather than falling by the wayside as have so many previous education reform movements.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 12
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 10:27

The Best Value in Formative Assessment

The authors of this 5-page article in Educational Leadership magazine describe and support their contention that ready-made benchmark tests cannot substitute for day-to-day formative assessment conducted by assessment-literate teachers.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 107
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 10:33

Measuring Teacher Effectiveness: A Resource for Teachers, Administrators, Policymakers, and Parents

This is a RAND website that features fact sheets, blog posts, research briefs, and more on the important and often controversial issue of test scores used as part of a teacher’s evaluation.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 9
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 10:54

States’ Perspectives on Waivers: Relief from NCLB, Concern about Long-term Solutions

This report describes states’ early experiences in applying for flexibility from key requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as NCLB waivers, and their plans for implementing the new systems outlined in their applications.  Findings from the 38 survey states...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 10
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:05

Issues in the Development of Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) for WIDA Consortium States

This Research Brief summarizes a study conducted by the Wisconsin Center for Education Research examining Annual Measureable Achievement Objectives criteria. It provides guidance to WIDA consortium states on setting AMAOs, focusing on AMAO 1 and 2. This research draws much of its direction from...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 24
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:06

States’ Flexibility Plans for Phasing Out the Alternate Assessment Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS) by 2014–15

Some states have an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS). The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) allows up to two percent of students to be deemed proficient with this assessment option. Students who participate in an AA-MAS must have an individualized...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 19
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 16:00