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. 

States’ Perspectives on Waivers: Relief from NCLB, Concern about Long-term Solutions

This report describes states’ early experiences in applying for flexibility from key requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as NCLB waivers, and their plans for implementing the new systems outlined in their applications.  Findings from the 38 survey states...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 8
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:05

WIDA - Top Posts from the First 18 Months

This is a blog from the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment organization. WIDA's goal is to advance academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for...

Number of views: 8
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:05

Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as Amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act—Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority: A Proposed Rule by the Education Department on 7/11/2016

As part of the authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the U.S. Department of Education released proposed regulations regarding the supplement not supplant provision of Title I, Part B. These regulations provide stipulations for states, or a consortium of states, regarding the use of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 12/15/2016 - 15:19

Blueprint for College Readiness: A 50-State Policy Analysis

The Blueprint Report is designed by state leaders to feature a menu of 10 critical policies that promote college readiness and success, specifically improving student success and transition from high school to post-secondary education. The Blueprint "is designed to serve as a framework to help K–12...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:28

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

Common Core State Standards & the Transformation of Professional Development: What Policymakers Can Do to Advance High-Quality Professional Development at Scale

Education First has prepared a series of briefs called Common Core State Standards & the Transformation of Professional Development to help policymakers and educators understand the professional development teachers need that meets a high bar for quality and impact called for by the new...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 14:09

Every Student Succeeds Act State and Local Report Cards

This guidance presents requirements regarding the report cards that state and local education agencies are required to prepare and disseminate. Report cards are to provide information on state, district, and student performance and progress in a way that is understandable to the public. Included is...

Number of views: 8
Date created: 01/09/2017 - 13:29

The Common Core Takes Hold: Implementation Moves Steadily Forward

In this article, Robert Rothman presents a general overview of implementation practices of the Common Core across the nation. Rothman discusses the idea of “standards deviation” or differences in interpretation of how standards should be implemented. He also discusses cross state and national...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 07/18/2014 - 14:11

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