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. 

Formative Assessment: Caveat Emptor

This article reviews formative assessment research focusing on features that help to explain how formative assessment works to improve learning. The article offers criteria to clarify the distinction between formative assessment and formative program evaluation. The article proposes solutions for...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 142
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Formative Assessment Systems: Evaluating the Fit between School Districts' Needs and Assessment Systems' Characteristics

This study describes how districts search for and acquire formative assessment systems to meet their needs. It focuses on three school districts that adopted three different formative assessment systems. The findings suggest the fit between a system’s characteristics and a school district’s...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 16
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment

This resource focuses on the writing achievement of American students, most of whom do not write well enough to meet grade-level demands, despite improvement in the last 20 years (Salahu-Din, Persky, & Miller, 2008). The inability to effectively convey thoughts and ideas through writing is...

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

Teachers’ Ability to Use Data to Inform Instruction: Challenges and Supports

This report describes an exploratory substudy on teachers’ thinking about data conducted in conjunction with the larger Study of Education Data Systems and Decision Making data collection and the implications of the substudy findings for teacher preparation and support.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 132
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Education Writers Association Website

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

A New Model of Student Assessment for the 21st Century

This paper details a model to remediate a history of academic underachievement by urban students; significantly improve their chance of graduating; and successfully launch them on to college. The paper challenges long-established practices and provides recommendations for improving secondary...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 20
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Data-informed District: A District-wide Evaluation of Data Use in the Natrona County School District

Wayman, Cho, & Johnston describe a data-informed district as one where educational data inform every decision and are used by every educator at every level. In such a district, common understandings exist about the nature of learning, the nature of teaching, and how data may best inform these...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 72
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: 139
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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