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. 

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards

This guide focuses on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), which formally began in June 2009 as a collaborative effort among nearly all U.S. states and territories. Forty-five states subsequently adopted the CCSS in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) and joined one of two...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Seductive Allure of Data

In this article, James Popham helps to differentiate between the overwhelming data from achievement tests and data that will lead to improved instruction and learning.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 47
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Learning about Assessment: An Evaluation of a Ten-State Effort to Build Assessment Capacity in High Schools

This report focuses primarily on the third goal of this project, which is the creation and function of teacher learning teams focused on assessment for learning.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 9
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Secondary School Leader Action Brief

This series of action briefs was developed by Achieve and their partner organizations to help provide guidance to elementary school leadership, middle school leadership, and school counselors concerning implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The briefs discuss these Standards, the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment

This article focuses on one aspect of teaching: formative assessment, and provides evidence that formative assessment is an essential component of classroom work The article suggests that teachers and students must directly implement formative assessment in the classroom in order to raise standards...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 150
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Building a Plan for Higher Education to Implement the Smarter Balanced Assessment System

This document’s goal is to provide “guidance for state higher education leaders on one crucial aspect of implementation: the role that state systems of higher education must play to build toward recognition of the Smarter Balanced [Assessment Consortium] assessment as evidence that students are...

Number of views: 31
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

A Strong State Role in Common Core State Standards Implementation: Rubric and Self-Assessment Tool

The purpose of this tool is to assist states in gauging the strength of their Common Core State Standards implementation plans and to illustrate how to improve them. A high scoring state according to the rubric and tool, has three essential attributes: a system design reflecting accountability for...

Number of views: 93
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Road Ahead for State Assessments

This report includes three papers that address critical “next generation” issues in assessment policy that can help to guide the choices made about system design: computer adaptive assessments, assessment of English learners and assessing science. The common conclusion in all three papers is that...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 49
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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