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. 

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Secondary School Leader Action Brief

This series of action briefs was developed by Achieve and their partner organizations to help provide guidance to elementary school leadership, middle school leadership, and school counselors concerning implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The briefs discuss these Standards, the...

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

The Problem with Proficiency

In this blog article, the author argues for the elimination of proficiency standards, saying that they represent a school demographic background far more than school effectiveness. He argues “using these rates to evaluate schools will end up mislabeling many as failures that might in fact be doing...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 11:08

Data Driven Improvement and Accountability

Published by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), this brief reviews evidence and provides illustrative examples of data use in business and sports in order to compare practices in these sectors with data use in public education. The brief discusses research and findings related in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:05

Communicating the Common Core State Standards: A Resource for Superintendents, School Board Members, and Public Relations Executives

This publication says that “superintendents and school boards in particular, with support from public relations executives in their districts, have a critical role to play in educating families, staff, and the public about these changes.” This resource guide attempts to help urban school districts...

Number of views: 36
Date created: 01/30/2014 - 10:08

Examining High-Stakes Testing

In summer 2013, results from Common Core–aligned tests in New York showed a steep decline in outcomes. Common Core advocates hailed the scores as an honest accounting of school and student performance, while others worried that they reflected problems with the tests, inadequate support for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 37
Date created: 01/30/2014 - 10:11

NAESP Leadership for the Common Core Survey

Two surveys, reflecting the views of more than 1,000 principals in 14 states that have adopted CCSS, show that the majority of the nation’s elementary and middle-level principals strongly agree that CCSS will provide more meaningful assessments of student learning, increase students’ skill mastery...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 5
Date created: 01/30/2014 - 12:03

School-based Professional Learning for Implementing the Common Core

These fours units are designed to give principals and teacher leaders professional learning resources and develop their ability to facilitate job-embedded, school-based professional learning. Complete with background information, tools, slides, and handouts, the four modules cover key topics in...

Number of views: 23
Date created: 02/11/2014 - 10:11

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