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. 

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Secondary School Leader

The purpose of this Action Brief for secondary leaders is to help them implement the new standards in their schools. The brief is designed to increase awareness of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), create a sense of urgency around their implementation, and provide these stakeholders with...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 4
Date created: 11/17/2014 - 17:05

Common Core: An Educator’s Perspective

In a blog post from The Whole Child (a website by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and a partner of the College, Career, and Citizen Readiness (CCCR) coalition), school principal Steven Weber presents several reasons why states should embrace the Common Core State...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 4
Date created: 06/26/2014 - 11:17

Ready Kentucky: Building Employer Support for Student Success

The Kentucky Chamber Foundation, in partnership with the Kentucky State Department of Education, developed this publication to raise employer awareness of and support for the Common Core State Standards and the positive impact that the Standards will have on preparing students for success in both...

Number of views: 5
Date created: 06/09/2014 - 12:08

What States can Learn about State Standards and Assessment Systems from No Child Left Behind Documents and Interviews with Central Region Assessment Directors

The purpose of this study is to describe the No Child Left Behind requirements for state standards and assessment systems. The authors examined official documents and peer review decision letters and included interviews with state assessment directors in the Central Region to highlight the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Overview of States’ Progress and Challenges

This report provides an overview of state efforts to implement the Common Core. It discusses state views of the rigor of the CCSS, their impact on learning, and necessary changes in curriculum and instruction; state timelines for teaching curricula aligned to the CCSS; state activities to implement...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 7
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:50

WIDA - Top Posts from the First 18 Months

This is a blog from the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment organization. WIDA's goal is to advance academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for...

Number of views: 8
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:05

Blueprint for College Readiness: A 50-State Policy Analysis

The Blueprint Report is designed by state leaders to feature a menu of 10 critical policies that promote college readiness and success, specifically improving student success and transition from high school to post-secondary education. The Blueprint "is designed to serve as a framework to help K–12...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:28

State Accountability in the Transition to Common Core

This policy brief from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute presents advice on challenges to Common Core transitions. A research team from Fordham interviewed key policymakers and influentials in five states (Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and New York) to gather information on how the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 07/02/2014 - 11:17

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