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. 

Inherent Measurement Challenges in the Next Generation Science Standards for Both Formative and Summative Assessment

The authors of this paper provide an overview of the major challenges associated with assessment of the NGSS, specifically the trade-offs that should be considered when designing a system of assessments. Assessment developers and state policymakers will benefit from this resource as they begin to...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 142
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 11:02

Closing the Expectations Gap: 2014 Annual Report on the Alignment of State K-12 Policies and Practice with the Demands of College and Careers

This is Achieve’s ninth annual Closing the Achievement Gap report, which details states’ progress in adopting and implementing a coherent set of policies that will prepare all students from grades K-12 for college and careers.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 38
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:18

Raising the Bar: Implementing Common Core State Standards for Latino Student Success

The purpose of this implementation guide is to inform state education leaders on key elements and questions that will help them build effective strategies to ensure educational success for Latino and English language learner (ELL) children and families. The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 38
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:26

Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards

This resource is based on the vision and principles of the Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, addressing NGSS-based assessment development practices. The three-dimensional science design and vision in the NGSS require new approaches for science...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 1,327
Date created: 02/28/2015 - 19:51

Gearing Up to Teach the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in Rural Northeast Region Schools

“Educators in the rural Northeast Region report challenges in implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). Using administrator interviews and teacher survey data from selected rural districts in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont, this report offers insight into...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 20
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:37

Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards, Aligned Assessments and Related Reforms: Cross-State Findings

The Southern Regional Education Board conducted a multi-year study of how 14 states are implementing college- and career-ready standards. This report is part of a series for the "Benchmarking State Implementation of Common Core Standards" project.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 92
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:43

A New Era for Educational Assessment

From the abstract: "In this article, David Conley focuses on how to assess meaningful learning in ways that promote student achievement while simultaneously meeting system accountability needs. The article draws upon research that supports the notion that a major shift in educational assessment is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:49

Research Brief: Designing an Assessment System that Measures Three-Dimensional Science Learning

From the publishers: "Many districts and states need an assessment system that aligns with the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education and NGSS to determine whether students are developing proficiency in science and whether students have adequate opportunities for “three- dimensional” science...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 40
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:01

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