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. 

Formative Assessment: The Right Question at the Right Time

This blog post provides easily accessible information on what formative assessment is. It focuses on questioning as a strategy for eliciting evidence of student learning.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:35

Dual Language Learners Reader Posts

New America launched its Dual Language Learner National Work Group, which has written a series of 10 posts related to research, policies, and practices pertaining to the education of dual language learners (DLLs) in U.S. public schools. According to this group, a DLL is "a child between the ages of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:50

Deeper Learning: Policies for a 21st Century Education

From the Introduction: "This report is aimed at supporting state boards of education that are working on providing significantly more students with deeper learning opportunities and facilitating board-level conversations on key related topics. The report provides foundational principles that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:10

The Role of Learning Progressions in Competency-Based Pathways

From the Introduction: "In early 2015, leaders within Achieve’s Competency-Based Pathways State Partnership set out to more clearly understand the potential of learning progressions research to transform instructional practice and what is being done to translate that research into training and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:20

Formative Assessment: Examples of Practice

This document shares some examples of the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) definition of formative assessment in practice. The first section of the document provides readers with vignettes of classroom scenarios, some showing formative assessment and others showing classrooms without...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 304
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:21

Attributes of Effective Formative Assessment

From the resource: "This document presents the definition of formative assessment and identifies and explains the five attributes of effective formative assessment. One key feature of this definition is its requirement that formative assessment be regarded as a process rather than a particular kind...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 194
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:21

Formative Assessment—Supporting Students' Learning

This paper provides information on the elements of formative assessment and the role of formative assessment in teaching and learning. It also elaborates on three formative assessment research projects at ETS. These include projects focused on the use of learning progressions, targeted professional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 52
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 17:47

English Language Learners: A Growing—Yet Underserved—Student Population

This issue of the Progress of Education Reform presents research and data on the educational issues related to the US English language learner (ELL) population. The brief calls for urgency in supporting the fastest growing population of students in K–12 schools. Key takeaways from the research and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 282
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:04

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