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. 

Judging Student Achievement: Why Getting the Right Data Matters

No Child Left Behind offers a useful framework for thinking about the kinds of data needed to identify students having difficulty meeting standards and to document school progress in closing the achievement gap over time. This issue brief discusses the benefits and questions that can be answered by...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment

This resource focuses on the writing achievement of American students, most of whom do not write well enough to meet grade-level demands, despite improvement in the last 20 years (Salahu-Din, Persky, & Miller, 2008). The inability to effectively convey thoughts and ideas through writing is...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 39
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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: 92
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Putting the Pieces Together: Summary Report of the Invitational Research Symposium on Through-Course Summative Assessments

This report summarizes expert presentations and discussions about through-course summative assessments being developed by the two Common Core State Standards (CCSS) consortia. The presentations and discussions took place during the 2011 Invitational Research Symposium on Through-Course Summative...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 12
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment

This article focuses on one aspect of teaching: formative assessment, and provides evidence that formative assessment is an essential component of classroom work The article suggests that teachers and students must directly implement formative assessment in the classroom in order to raise standards...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 148
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Putting Data Into Practice: Lessons From New York City

While New York’s size and the scope of its initiative make it unique, the district provides a rich and timely illustration of how data is being used in an urban school system—and how it can be employed in smaller districts, as well. Seen from the perspective of both its obstacles and successes, New...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
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

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: 32
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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