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. 

Year Two of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: States’ Progress and Challenges

As of January 2012, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and mathematics developed through the leadership of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Released in June 2010, these...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 44
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Including Performance Assessments in Accountability Systems: A Review of Scale-up Efforts

The purpose of this field review is to understand previous efforts at scaling up performance assessments for use across districts and states. Through a systematic description of seven performance assessment scale-up efforts, as well as descriptions of analogous efforts from teacher certification,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 9
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Similar Students, Different Results: Why Do Some Schools Do Better?

This report summarizes a study that addresses the question: “What accounts for the difference in [Academic Performance Index] API performance among schools that serve similar students?” The study focused on similar schools in a sample of California school districts.

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

Overview of Selected State Assessment Systems

This 2009 overview surveyed statewide assessment reform in four broad categories, 1) content-standards-based assessment, 2) interim and benchmark assessment, 3) formative and classroom assessment, and 4) online or computer-based assessment. The AACC provided national and technical expertise to the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 35
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Processes and Challenges in Identifying Learning Disabilities Among Students Who Are English Language Learners in Three New York State Districts

This study, which focuses on three districts in New York State, uses interviews with the districts’ and schools’ personnel and documents from the state’s and districts’ websites to examine practices for identifying learning disabilities among students who are English language learners and the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 36
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

Fact or Fiction

The subject of this column is “decision-based data-making.” This is not a misprint. Educational leaders and policymakers pride themselves on “data-based decision-making,” but discerning school board members must evaluate carefully which came first—the data or the decision. With that, this article...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 18
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

International Benchmarking: State Education Performance Standards

This report uses international benchmarking to examine the expectations gap between what students are expected to learn in some states versus other states. The report assumes that each state’s expectations are embodied in the stringency of the performance standards it uses on its own state...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 60
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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