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. 

National Conference of State Legislators: Common Core State Standards Web Page

State adoption of the Common Core State Standards prompted a number of geographically and politically diverse responses from state legislatures. This webpage provides links to information for state legislators and legislative staff on the CCSS covering the following topics: Overview of the Common...

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Date created: 03/10/2014 - 10:26

Applying Universal Design to the Common Core

The topic for this segment of Bam! Radio (an all-education radio network that offers programming from top education organizations and leaders) is about Universal Design. Guest Dr. Katie Novak (Title I Director, ELL Director, and Reading coordinator in Chelmsford Public Schools) discusses teacher...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:11

Reinventing Assessment

This report argues that large-scale assessment has changed little over the last two decades, despite increased demands on testing. The report outlines what the demands are and might come to be and offers a glimpse into the future of the testing enterprise at different stages of change and...

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

The Case Against Exit Exams

In 2014 states will launch more rigorous, college- and career-ready assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. As they do so, “they should revisit the stakes on these tests for students and consider eliminating, or modifying, their exit exam policies,” writes Anne Hyslop, author of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 13:54

States’ Flexibility Waiver Plans for Alternate Assessments Based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS)

This report compiles, analyzes, and summarizes states’ waiver applications for flexibility from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requirements regarding alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS). The report analyzed states’ ESEA waiver applications that...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 10
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:02

Standardized Testing and the Common Core Standards: You Get What You Pay For?

Assessment costs have always been a political football given the controversy surrounding standardized testing, and that has only intensified with the debate over Common Core. Concerns about the cost of the consortia’s tests likely stem in part from a sense of uncertainty because the consortia have...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 10
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 10:44

Reaching the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness

This examines the degree to which the knowledge and skills contained in the Common Core State Standards are applicable to and important for postsecondary readiness. The method required postsecondary instructors from a wide range of postsecondary courses and institutions to rate each CCSS standard...

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

Shahi

This resource is an online visual dictionary that combines Wiktionary content with Flickr images.

Number of views: 11
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:08

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