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 Role of Strategic Communications in the Transition to New Academic Standards and Assessments: Case Studies of Tennessee and Kentucky

This case study examines how the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the state of Tennessee managed communications in the transition to more rigorous standards. The authors present eight important lessons including: proactive communication; coordinated communication; educator engagement; simple messages;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:11

Strategies for Communicating Results: Using the Change to Common Core Linked Assessments

From the Producer: "In this online webinar, REL Mid-Atlantic, Division H of the American Educational Research Association, and REL Northwest teamed up for a presentation and discussion of strategies that states and districts can use to communicate with the public about the new assessments linked to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 54
Date created: 07/10/2015 - 09:24

Smarter Balanced Assessments: Keep Results in Perspective for Students and Their Families

In this short California Schools article, veteran educator Kathy Caric encourages districts and schools to implement effective strategies to inform parents and students about the value of multiple measures when reporting student progress. She notes that the expected low scores on the upcoming...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 08/27/2015 - 15:16

In Effort to Fix Tribal Schools, Feds Face Doubts

This 2015 Education Week articles summarizes many of the challenges facing federal plans to "turn more control of Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools to tribes." American Indian students attending BIE schools remain some of the lowest-performing in the country; consequently the proposal to...

Number of views: 19
Date created: 08/31/2015 - 16:23

Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Reports

This web page links to a number of guides for parents or guardians to help them read and understand the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) student score reports. It also links to other resources, including parent guides to the Smarter Balanced summative assessments,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 32
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:00

Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards - English Language Arts

The parent roadmaps provide guidance for parents about what their children are learning in grades K–8 and high school. It also provides grade-specific questions for parents to ask teachers regarding their children's progress and grade strategies for parents to use to support their children at home...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 24
Date created: 09/04/2015 - 15:54

Opt Out: An Examination of Issues

During the past few years, media reports have highlighted an increase in the number of parents who are opting their children out of annual state tests, often called the opt-out movement. In this paper, researcher Randy Bennett examines issues related to the movement including: the amount of time...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 61
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:07