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. 

National Education Standards: Getting Beneath the Surface

The goal of this report is to increase understanding of the history, facts, choices, risks, and possibilities that are involved in establishing national standards in the context of the local control of schools in the United States. The report offers numerous approaches for increasing commonality in...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 16
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Measuring Teachers' Contributions to Student Learning Growth for Nontested Grades and Subjects

The growing need for more information about measuring teachers’ contributions to student learning growth, particularly in nontested subjects and grades, is the impetus for this Research & Policy Brief. Although the research base in this area is disappointingly limited, the brief includes...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Guidance for Developing and Selecting Assessments of Student Growth for Use in Teacher Evaluation Systems (Extended Version)

This article provides comprehensive guidance for including test scores in teacher evaluations.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 40
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Secondary School Leader Action Brief

This series of action briefs was developed by Achieve and their partner organizations to help provide guidance to elementary school leadership, middle school leadership, and school counselors concerning implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The briefs discuss these Standards, the...

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

Teacher Evaluation Practical Guide: Interactive Online Version

The online version of this guide can be accessed on the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) at American Institutes for Research (AIR) website. The website also offers relevant resources from national websites.

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

Achieving with Data: How High-performing School Systems use Data to Improve Instruction for Elementary Students

This report is the second in a three-part research effort to investigate the prevalence of performance-driven practices in urban school districts across the country. The study captures the details of data-driven instructional decision making at the classroom, school, and system levels in two urban...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 2,204
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

A New Model of Student Assessment for the 21st Century

This paper details a model to remediate a history of academic underachievement by urban students; significantly improve their chance of graduating; and successfully launch them on to college. The paper challenges long-established practices and provides recommendations for improving secondary...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 20
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Reaching the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness

This examines the degree to which the knowledge and skills contained in the Common Core State Standards are applicable to and important for postsecondary readiness. The method required postsecondary instructors from a wide range of postsecondary courses and institutions to rate each CCSS standard...

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

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