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. 

Assessments for Deeper Learning: What's Next and What Will They Cost

From the publisher: "Successfully bringing deeper learning to scale will require a new generation of assessments that can measure higher-order thinking as well as real world skills. This article looks at where we’re at in the development of such assessments, and how much they are likely to cost."

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 16
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 12:59

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: 41
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:01

A Compendium of Research on the Common Core State Standards

From the publisher: "The Center on Education Policy has put together this compendium, which very briefly summarizes the published research on many different aspects of the CCSS. Our objective was to create an accessible and readable overview of current research that can inform implementation,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 23
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:03

Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning

From the Publisher: "CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) and the state (education) chiefs developed the Innovation Lab Network (ILN) to share learning, drive collective action, and to create and scale student-centered learning environments. The ILN developed a framework, referenced as...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 18
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:06

Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing

From the Publisher: "In Fall 2007, the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English appointed a Joint Task Force on Assessment to update the Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing the two organizations published originally in 1994. The revised...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 20
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:10

1,000 Teachers Examine PARCC: Perspectives on the Quality of New Assessments

Teach Plus brought together over 1,000 teachers in three states and the District of Columbia for an intensive day of professional development to evaluate sample questions provided by the PARCC assessment consortium. Teachers were able to learn more about PARCC questions, their alignment to CCSS,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 25
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:18

Performance Assessments: How State Policy Can Advance Assessments for 21st Century Learning

From the abstract: "Employers, postsecondary institutions, and civic leaders are urging greater focus on 21st century skills essential for college, career, and civic success: problem solving, interpersonal skills, and collaboration, among others. In response to these demands, states across the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 54
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:22

Smarter Balanced Communication Tools

Smarter Balanced developed and made available a suite of resources to support school and district communication efforts about the assessment system. The materials include documents and materials to support communication as the assessment period nears. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 77
Date created: 04/10/2015 - 12:27