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. 

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

Coherence: Key to Next Generation Assessment Success

This guide provides recommendations on coherent assessment systems that improve student learning.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 15
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Moving Your Numbers: Five Districts Share How They Used Assessment and Accountability to Increase Performance for Students with Disabilities as Part of District-wide Improvement

This article examines how five demographically dissimilar school districts use assessment and accountability as an impetus to implement positive changes in their schools. The article emphasizes that each district refrains from using assessment data as the reason that teachers cannot teach or that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 30
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Judging Student Achievement: Why Getting the Right Data Matters

No Child Left Behind offers a useful framework for thinking about the kinds of data needed to identify students having difficulty meeting standards and to document school progress in closing the achievement gap over time. This issue brief discusses the benefits and questions that can be answered by...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Reflections on Educational Testing: Problems and Opportunities

This article provides guidance to the Carnegie-IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education as to possible assessment-related initiatives to improve mathematics and science learning in the United States. The article focuses on (1) classroom assessments and (2) assessments for accountability...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Implementing Common Core State Standards and Assessments

This workbook resource provides a framework and sample timelines for instituting the relevant policies and best practices to implement the Common Core States Standards (CCSS). The workbook offers implementation advice and critical exercises to guide this important effort.

Number of views: 32
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

How Should We Measure Student Learning? 5 Keys to Comprehensive Assessment

This article addresses the following: How should we measure student learning? Testing represents a commitment to high academic standards and school accountability. When the financial and emotional stakes associated with standardized tests are disproportionately high, this laudable goal becomes...

Number of views: 25
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Evaluating Teacher Evaluation

The authors admit that there is a growing consensus that evidence of teachers’ contributions to student learning should be a component of teacher evaluation systems, along with evidence of the quality of teachers’ practice. However, they argue that current research suggests that Value-Added Model...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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