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. 

National Indian Education Study 2011: The Educational Experiences of American Indian and Alaska Native Students at Grades 4 and 8

The National Indian Education Study (NIES) is designed to describe the condition of education for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students in the United States. The study provides educators, policymakers, and the public with information about the academic performance in reading and...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 95
Date created: 12/26/2014 - 10:38

Designing NGSS Assessments to Evaluate the Efficacy of Curriculum Interventions

In this paper, the authors present an approach to designing assessments for the intended purpose of evaluating curriculum interventions for NGSS implementation in schools. The use of evidence-centered design (ECD) is discussed and illustrated in an example from an urban middle school in which...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 126
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:54

What Professional Development Strategies Are Needed for Successful Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards?

This resource is a paper presented by Dr. Brian J. Reiser, from Northwestern University, at the Research Symposium on Science Assessment, hosted by the Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management (K–12 Center) at ETS, in September 2013 in Washington, DC. It articulates the required...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 681
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:37

Professional Development for Science Teachers

This resource is an article in the April 2013 issue of Science. It is available through subscription (personal or library). The author offers an overview of the call for improving science education in the United States, and the role that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) play in...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 284
Date created: 03/03/2015 - 11:51

A New Vision for Accountability

Student assessments face challenges of quality, cost, and appropriate use, writes scholar Linda Darling-Hammond. Written for school board members, this article is brief and to the point about ensuring and implementing the use of high-quality assessments (a topic covered in numerous publications by...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 35
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:10

The Nation's Report Card: 2014 U.S. History, Geography, and Civics

This interactive report from the National Center for Education Statistics presents results from the 2014 NAEP assessments of 8th-grade history, geography, and civics. Results are reported by gender, race/ethnicity, parental education levels, and other student groups. The report also describes...

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

Proficient vs. Prepared: Disparities between State Tests and the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

In this short publication, Achieve compares student proficiency on states' own tests to state student proficiency on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the latter of which, according to Achieve, is the gold standard of tests. Achieve found that more than 50% of the states...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 17
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:39

The Role of Strategic Communications in the Transition to New Academic Standards and Assessments: Case Studies of Tennessee and Kentucky

This case study examines how the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the state of Tennessee managed communications in the transition to more rigorous standards. The authors present eight important lessons including: proactive communication; coordinated communication; educator engagement; simple messages;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:11

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