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. 

Next-Generation Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for English Learners: Priorities for Policy and Research

The English Language Proficiency Assessment Research Working Meeting: Summative Assessments (i.e., the Working Meeting) took place on June 11, 2014. The focus of the Working Meeting was on the annual, summative English language proficiency (ELP) assessments. Presentations on key issues and research...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 64
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 10:51

Closing the Expectations Gap: 2014 Annual Report on the Alignment of State K-12 Policies and Practice with the Demands of College and Careers

This is Achieve’s ninth annual Closing the Achievement Gap report, which details states’ progress in adopting and implementing a coherent set of policies that will prepare all students from grades K-12 for college and careers.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 36
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:18

Making Career Readiness Count

The purpose of this brief is to ensure that the “career” in states’ college- and career-ready standards is not an afterthought but features prominently in states’ accountability and public reporting systems. The brief examines how states are currently using career-focused indicators in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:24

Using Student Growth Percentiles During the Assessment Transition: Technical, Practical and Political Implications

This paper highlights technical, practical, and policy considerations for using growth percentiles during the assessment transition (generally 2014 to 2015) period to support state accountability efforts, and it recommends analyses and guidelines to help inform decisions in light of these...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:32

Benchmarking State Implementation of College- and Career-Readiness Standards, Aligned Assessments and Related Reforms: Cross-State Findings

The Southern Regional Education Board conducted a multi-year study of how 14 states are implementing college- and career-ready standards. This report is part of a series for the "Benchmarking State Implementation of Common Core Standards" project.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 86
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:43

A New Era for Educational Assessment

From the abstract: "In this article, David Conley focuses on how to assess meaningful learning in ways that promote student achievement while simultaneously meeting system accountability needs. The article draws upon research that supports the notion that a major shift in educational assessment is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:49

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

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: 22
Date created: 04/03/2015 - 13:03

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