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. 

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

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: 52
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Similar Students, Different Results: Why Do Some Schools Do Better?

This report summarizes a study that addresses the question: “What accounts for the difference in [Academic Performance Index] API performance among schools that serve similar students?” The study focused on similar schools in a sample of California school districts.

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

Spotlight on the CCSS: What do District Administrators Need to Know?

This 4-pager reviews actions district administrators should consider taking now to prepare their schools for CCSS implementation.This September 2011 “Spotlight on the Common Core State Standards” reviews actions district administrators should consider taking now to prepare their schools for CCSS...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

State Policies Databases

This database provides online links to state policies on accommodations, graduation requirements, accountability (including the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 [NCLB]), and other topics for students with disabilities. The database is maintained by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO...

Number of views: 24
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

What Four States are Doing to Support Local Data-Driven Decision Making: Policies, Practices, and Programs

This report documents how four state education agencies are supporting local data-driven decisionmaking through their policies, practices, and programs for creating data systems, improving data access and use, and building district and school capacity to use data.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 29
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: 49
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

What States can Learn about State Standards and Assessment Systems from No Child Left Behind Documents and Interviews with Central Region Assessment Directors

The purpose of this study is to describe the No Child Left Behind requirements for state standards and assessment systems. The authors examined official documents and peer review decision letters and included interviews with state assessment directors in the Central Region to highlight the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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