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. 

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: 141
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards

This guide focuses on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), which formally began in June 2009 as a collaborative effort among nearly all U.S. states and territories. Forty-five states subsequently adopted the CCSS in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) and joined one of two...

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

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

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

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: 83
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Designing Schoolwide Programs: Non-Regulatory Guidance

This document is intended to complement the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and to serve as a “technical assistance resource” for schools (p. 2). This resource contains guidance for “the comprehensive needs assessment, the comprehensive plan, and the annual program evaluation” for schools (...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 51
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

The Road Ahead for State Assessments

This report includes three papers that address critical “next generation” issues in assessment policy that can help to guide the choices made about system design: computer adaptive assessments, assessment of English learners and assessing science. The common conclusion in all three papers is that...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 49
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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