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. 

Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment

This article focuses on one aspect of teaching: formative assessment, and provides evidence that formative assessment is an essential component of classroom work The article suggests that teachers and students must directly implement formative assessment in the classroom in order to raise standards...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 154
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

A State Guide to the Development of Universally Designed Assessments

The purpose of this guide is to provide states with strategies for developing universally designed assessments, including conceptualization and item construction; field testing; item reviews; statewide operation; and evaluation. Universal design for assessments is an approach to educational...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 57
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: General Accessibility Guidelines

This document presents general accessibility guidelines that item writers and item reviewers must follow when developing items and tasks for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced). The guidelines combine the best practices that guided the development of paper-based tests for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 16
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Reflections on Educational Testing: Problems and Opportunities

This article provides guidance to the Carnegie-IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education as to possible assessment-related initiatives to improve mathematics and science learning in the United States. The article focuses on (1) classroom assessments and (2) assessments for accountability...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

A Summary of the Research on the Effects of Test Accommodations: 2005–2006

This report provides an update on testing accommodations research, with a focus on the effect of accommodations on students with disabilities (SWDs). The primary purpose of the research featured in this review is to evaluate the comparability of test scores when assessments are administered with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 52
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

WIDA Consortium Website on English Language Development (ELD) Standards

This website is a resource for the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium’s English Language Development (ELD) Standards. The WIDA ELD Standards are designed as a curriculum and instruction planning tool to assist educators in determining English language learner (ELL)...

Number of views: 135
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Road Ahead for State Assessments

This report includes three papers that address critical “next generation” issues in assessment policy that can help to guide the choices made about system design: computer adaptive assessments, assessment of English learners and assessing science. The common conclusion in all three papers is that...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 49
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

ASSETS (Assessment Services Supporting ELs through Technology Systems) Website

ASSETS is a 35-state consortium, building on the work of the WIDA Consortium, to create the next generation of English Language Proficiency tests. The Consortium's work is supported through a federal Enhanced Assessment Grant (EAG) with plans for full operationalization of the new assessment system...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 16
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:00

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