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. 

Next Generation Science Standards: Considerations for Curricula, Assessments, Preparation, and Implementation

From the authors: "Many states’ science standards are based on guidance documents created by the National Research Council in 1996 that do not reflect the scientific advances and educational research findings that have since occurred. Among options for policymakers to consider to update existing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 103
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:15

The Hidden Value of Curriculum Reform: Do States and Districts Receive the Most Bang for Their Curriculum Buck?

This report examines both the quality and costs of curriculum materials to help schools increase student performance while improving return on investment (ROI).

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 32
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:10

The College and Career Readiness and Success Organizer

From the Publisher: The Career Readiness and Success Organizer "is a graphic that displays a consolidated overview of the many elements that impact a learner’s ability to succeed in college and careers at both the institutional and individual levels. The Organizer is intended to be a comprehensive...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:12

Maintaining the Validity of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in a Common Core Based Environment

The paper focuses on both policy and psychometric considerations in discussing the relationship of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) assessments. The paper examines how the traditional roles of NAEP are affected by the introduction of CCSS-...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 15
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 15:57

Knowing the Score: The Who, What, and Why of Testing

This brief provides information about K–12 testing with the goal of helping parents, educators, policymakers, and others make decisions about testing policies in their community and state. Background information is provided, as well as answers to common questions about K–12 testing, including the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 49
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

What Are Teachers' and School Leaders' Major Concerns About New K–12 State Tests?

The implementation of new consortia-based tests (Smarter Balanced and PARCC) has created concern among both educators and school leaders about increased test difficulty, score accuracy, technology, and educator readiness to prepare students for the new assessments. In this brief report, the authors...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 33
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:48

Assessment in Elementary and Secondary Education: A Primer

The following is a summary of this publication from the Congressional Research Service. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 101
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:50

Guide to Evaluating Assessments Using the CCSSO Criteria for High Quality Assessments: Focus on Test Content

Because the results from state assessments are often used for high stakes purposes, it is important that the assessments themselves are of high quality. In this publication, the authors propose a methodology for evaluating state assessments for summative purposes. They describe their methodology...

Number of views: 112
Date created: 02/24/2016 - 17:23

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