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. 

Achieving with Data: How High-performing School Systems use Data to Improve Instruction for Elementary Students

This report is the second in a three-part research effort to investigate the prevalence of performance-driven practices in urban school districts across the country. The study captures the details of data-driven instructional decision making at the classroom, school, and system levels in two urban...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 2,212
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Year Two of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: States’ Progress and Challenges

As of January 2012, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and mathematics developed through the leadership of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Released in June 2010, these...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 44
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

Lining Up: The Relationship between the Common Core State Standards and Five Sets of Companion Standards

In response to the widespread adoption of the Common Core state standards, this report (and its executive summary) explores the alignment between these new standards and five sets of existing standards considered exemplary and which focus on the issue of college-readiness. The analyses used for...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 15
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Learning about Assessment: An Evaluation of a Ten-State Effort to Build Assessment Capacity in High Schools

This report focuses primarily on the third goal of this project, which is the creation and function of teacher learning teams focused on assessment for learning.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 9
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Overview of Selected State Assessment Systems

This 2009 overview surveyed statewide assessment reform in four broad categories, 1) content-standards-based assessment, 2) interim and benchmark assessment, 3) formative and classroom assessment, and 4) online or computer-based assessment. The AACC provided national and technical expertise to the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 36
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning

Data Wise provides a toolbox of information pertaining to data-use and assessment practice. Following the "Data Wise Improvement Process," the book provides strategies to help schools organize and use data to improve student learning. The strategy can help organize assessment projects for...

Number of views: 74
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Moving Your Numbers: Five Districts Share How They Used Assessment and Accountability to Increase Performance for Students with Disabilities as Part of District-wide Improvement

This article examines how five demographically dissimilar school districts use assessment and accountability as an impetus to implement positive changes in their schools. The article emphasizes that each district refrains from using assessment data as the reason that teachers cannot teach or that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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