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. 

Student-Centered Assessment Video Suite

From the introduction: "What does student-centered assessment look like in the classroom? How do students benefit from this type of assessment? Why do teachers implement these practices in their classrooms? The Students at the Center project, in conjunction with Dr. Heidi Andrade, Ed.D. and the...

Number of views: 15
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 13:59

Guidance for Supporting Assessment Peer Review Submissions

To support technical assistance providers and state education agency staff in developing state peer review submissions, CSAI developed this document to describe and support the submission development process. This document includes suggestions for collecting, analyzing, and cataloguing documents...

Number of views: 19
Date created: 10/04/2019 - 12:01

Transition Planning for Next-Generation Assessments

This resource is a seven-page checklist for helping states plan and implement technology-based assessments. Users of this guide should be sure to read its companion piece, Considerations for Next-Generation Assessments: A Roadmap to 2014.

Number of views: 26
Date created: 05/04/2015 - 14:06

Mathematics Sample Questions

The Math sample questions are designed to support educators implementing the CCSS and prepare for assessments. The sample items can be used to support instructional planning as they provide educators with examples of the depth of understanding that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced...

Number of views: 30
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 10:17

Second Year of Assessments Communications Toolkit

The Council of Chief State School Officers developed this toolkit to help states and school districts communicate before, during, and after the 2016 assessment testing window. This toolkit includes a broad number of adaptable communications resources ranging from talking points to a parent letter....

Number of views: 38
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:09

The Assessment Transition Communications Toolkit

This toolkit is one of two developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to help state and school districts communicate testing information before, during, and after the assessment window this spring. This toolkit is for states transitioning to a new assessment this year.

Number of views: 40
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:16

Evidence-Based Improvement: A Guide for States to Strengthen Their Frameworks and Supports Aligned to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA

To support states and local districts in selecting and implementing evidence-based improvement strategies, WestEd researchers have published a set of tools for this work. These tools provide guidance for examining state and local evidence-based decisions, with tools designed specifically for states...

Number of views: 41
Date created: 01/17/2017 - 15:21

PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations System

This web-based module is an interactive learning tool for educators to learn about PARCC's accessibility system. Topics in the module include: Introduction to PARCC Training Modules Accessibility Features and Accommodations Student Registration/Personal Needs Profile (SR/PNP) Make-Up Testing/ Undo...

Number of views: 48
Date created: 04/29/2015 - 21:52

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