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. 

High School Graduation Requirements in a Time of College and Career Readiness

Ensuring that students graduate high school prepared for college and careers has become a national priority in the last decade. To support this goal, states have adopted rigorous college and career readiness (CCR) standards in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Additionally, states have...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 247
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:22

High-Leverage Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

New college and career ready standards (CCRS) have established more rigorous expectations of learning for all learners, including EL students, than what was expected in previous standards. A common feature in these new content-area standards is their emphasis on students’ use of language to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 984
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 19:27

Overview of Major Assessment Types in Standards-Based Instruction

This overview is designed to help state education agencies, local education agencies, schools, educators, partner organizations, and other stakeholders understand the differences between major assessment types in standards-based instruction. Formative, Diagnostic, Interim/Benchmark, and Summative...

Number of views: 437
Date created: 11/02/2016 - 17:23

Assessment Inventory Resource

For states and local education agencies looking to align their assessment systems with the principles of the Testing Action Plan, this resources provides suggestions for questions and data to collect. These questions can guide action to assess and modify assessment systems. In this resource,...

Number of views: 227
Date created: 11/18/2016 - 14:38

Comprehensive Standards-Based Assessment Systems Supporting Learning

This brief is intended to provide a common foundation by laying out a general framework for a comprehensive, learning-based assessment system. The framework incorporates different types of assessment to serve the distinct information needs of different stakeholders, but all of the assessments are...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 719
Date created: 12/01/2016 - 09:00

States' Content Standards Revision Processes

As states examine efforts to ensure college and career readiness for all students, review and possible revision of their content standards may be part of these efforts. Based on questions CSAI has received regarding how states undergo the process of revising content standards, a report was created...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 150
Date created: 12/09/2016 - 09:47

Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority Pilot under ESSA: Frequently Asked Questions

As part of the Every Student Succeeds Act, states will have the opportunity to apply for the innovative assessment demonstration authority pilot, which would allow states to administer innovative assessments in place of statewide assessments in selected districts. The purpose of this pilot is to...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 75
Date created: 03/09/2017 - 16:02

Peer Review Assistance

To support states as they prepare materials for the peer review process, CSAI has created this data organizer that outlines the supports states can seek from CSAI. This data organizer lays out each of the peer review critical elements and associated CSAI supports and resources. For states seeking...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 119
Date created: 03/15/2017 - 09:40

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