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. 

Prepare for More Realistic Test Results

In this article from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the authors say that the potential drop in reported state proficiency rates when the new CCSSM assessments are implemented will require adjusted expectations. The authors provide evidence from NAEP, TIMSS and NCLB to support...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 6
Date created: 03/03/2014 - 11:31

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessment for the Common Core State Standards

This newly updated and final edition of Coming together to Raise Achievement provides consortia-approved summaries of the ongoing work of all the assessment consortia: comprehensive assessment (PARCC and Smarter Balanced), alternative assessment (DLM and NCSC), and English language proficiency...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 06/09/2014 - 12:12

State Accountability in the Transition to Common Core

This policy brief from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute presents advice on challenges to Common Core transitions. A research team from Fordham interviewed key policymakers and influentials in five states (Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and New York) to gather information on how the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 07/02/2014 - 11:17

Instructional Alignment as a Measure of Teaching Quality

Article abstract: “Recent years have seen the convergence of two major policy streams in U.S. K–12 education: standards/accountability and teacher quality reforms. Work in these areas has led to the creation of multiple measures of teacher quality, including measures of their instructional...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 95
Date created: 07/02/2014 - 11:19

PARCC College- and Career-Ready Determination Policy in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics & Policy-Level Performance Level Descriptors

This document, adopted by PARCC after extensive public feedback from K-12 educators, higher education faculty, parents, and community members, has been used to guide the development of items and tasks for the PARCC assessments in ELA/literacy and mathematics. It will also serve to guide the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 07/10/2014 - 11:15

CCSS Systems Implementation Guide

The California Department of Education’s online CCSS Systems Implementation Guide was developed to support local education agencies (LEAs) in developing their own local plan for CCSS implementation, based on local needs and resources. The online guide is organized into seven guiding strategies,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 152
Date created: 08/26/2014 - 14:55

Montana Common Core Standards Stages of Implementation Continuum

Montana’s Common Core Standards Stages of Implementation Continuum is a one-page document that outlines the state’s 6 stages of implementation. The stages are grouped into three categories (explore, implement, and sustain), and each stage has short college and career ready descriptors.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 36
Date created: 08/26/2014 - 15:01

Oregon’s Guidance for District CCSS Implementation

The purpose of this document is to help districts determine where they are on the implementation continuum for Common Core State Standards. The tool is organized by 10 anchor statements, and users rate themselves on the anchor statements by the following levels: awareness, transition to...

Number of views: 23
Date created: 08/26/2014 - 15:04

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