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 Nature and Impact of Teachers' Formative Assessment Practices

This technical report details a study that examines three questions relating to formative assessment: (1) What is the quality of implementation of a formative assessment science unit in middle school classrooms? (2) What is the quality of teacher feedback provided to students? (3) To what degree do...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 165
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Teachers’ Ability to Use Data to Inform Instruction: Challenges and Supports

This report describes an exploratory substudy on teachers’ thinking about data conducted in conjunction with the larger Study of Education Data Systems and Decision Making data collection and the implications of the substudy findings for teacher preparation and support.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 139
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

High Stakes Testing: Issues, Implications, and Remedies for English Language Learners

This article discusses the issues and implications of high-stakes tests on English language learner (ELL) students. Specifically, ELL students are increasingly included in high-stakes assessments connected to accountability efforts (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 [NCLB]), and thus it is...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 113
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

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: 21
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Data-informed District: A District-wide Evaluation of Data Use in the Natrona County School District

Wayman, Cho, & Johnston describe a data-informed district as one where educational data inform every decision and are used by every educator at every level. In such a district, common understandings exist about the nature of learning, the nature of teaching, and how data may best inform these...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 76
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Language Accommodations for English Language Learners in Large-Scale Assessments: Bilingual Dictionaries and Linguistic Modification

This study explores the effectiveness of bilingual dictionaries and linguistic modification on assessment measures. Such language accommodations are thought to help lower the achievement gap among students with language differences.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 45
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Learning Trajectories in Mathematics

This report focuses on learning trajectories for mathematics education; what they are (including defining various ways in which the terms trajectory, progression, learning, and teaching are used); and how they can function to inform instruction. The report provides examples from the Common Core...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 195
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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