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. 

Teachers Know Best: Teachers’ Views on Professional Development

Professional development, a term that broadly encompasses professional learning for teachers, is the topic of this study, conducted by the Boston Consulting Group on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The purpose of this study on professional development for teachers is to help...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 89
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:22

Evaluation of Professional Development in the Use of Arts-Integrated Activities with Mathematics Content: Findings from the Evaluation of the Wolf Trap Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant

A four-year American Institutes of Research (AIR) evaluation of a Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts professional-development program for teachers found that elementary students outperformed their peers in mathematics when taught by teachers using this arts-integration approach. In a...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 22
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:22

Formative Assessment—Supporting Students' Learning

This paper provides information on the elements of formative assessment and the role of formative assessment in teaching and learning. It also elaborates on three formative assessment research projects at ETS. These include projects focused on the use of learning progressions, targeted professional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 53
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 17:47

What Works Best in Education: The Politics of Collaborative Expertise

From the introduction: "What we need... is a defensible and compelling narrative that leads to long-term, coherent and focused system-wide attention on student learning. I call this territory ‘the politics of collaborative expertise’. Its premise is that there is differential expertise across our...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 48
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 09:24

Assessment Literacy: Making Sense of K-12 Assessment for Learning

AssessmentLiteracy.org is a website created as part of an assessment literacy initiative sponsored by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). The website provides information and guidance to educators and professional development providers about the purposes of assessment, the components of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 710
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:20

Supporting Formative Assessment for Deeper Learning: A Primer for Policymakers

This primer argues that effective formative assessment is essential to successfully implementing new college- and career-ready standards. It explains what formative assessment is, how it works in practice, and why it is critically important in fostering powerful pedagogy and 21st-century...

Number of views: 113
Date created: 01/18/2017 - 11:20