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. 

Better Seeing What We Don’t See as We Teach

Students far too often say they understand something that they don’t, and teachers far too often accept their assurances as fact rather than fiction. In this brief article, Grant Wiggins draws from both researchers and his own classroom experiences to help teachers know if their students really...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 5
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:10

None of the Above: A New Approach to Testing and Assessment

This report by Educators 4 Excellence, a teacher-led organization that seeks to elevate the voices of teachers in policy discussions, presents recommendations for changes to the current systems of evaluating student performance in light of Common Core implementation. A group of 14 teachers worked...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 13:55

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

Measuring Teacher Effectiveness: A Resource for Teachers, Administrators, Policymakers, and Parents

This is a RAND website that features fact sheets, blog posts, research briefs, and more on the important and often controversial issue of test scores used as part of a teacher’s evaluation.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 9
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 10:54

Reform Integration Framework and Resource Guide

This resource provides state and local education agencies with guidance in ways to help educators integrate college- and career-readiness standards, aligned assessments, and educator evaluation and support systems. The Reform Integration Framework helps state and local education leaders a process...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:27

Capturing the Dimensions of Effective Teaching: Student Achievement Gains, Student Surveys, and Classroom Observations

In this article, Thomas Kane describes findings from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, the largest study of instructional practice ever conducted. So far, the findings of the project reveal that for teacher evaluation systems should rely on...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 14
Date created: 08/13/2014 - 13:42

Developing and Selecting Assessments of Student Growth for Use in Teacher Evaluation Systems

This policy brief advises states and school districts on valid ways to use assessments for teacher evaluation purposes.

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

Race to the Top-District Action Brief: Establishing the Foundational Conditions for Personalized Learning

This paper provides a blueprint for districts that wish to strengthen their RTTD applications. In it, the author recommends  foundational conditions schools must put in place to transform classrooms and the school itself such that students and educators are ready to implement innovative,...

Number of views: 15
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:47

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