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. 

Connecting the Dots: Postsecondary’s Role in Preparing K-12 Students

This report addresses the development of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and common assessments. The report provides an overview of postsecondary’s role in preparing K–12 students for first-year, freshman college courses.  

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 111
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

Reaching the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness

This examines the degree to which the knowledge and skills contained in the Common Core State Standards are applicable to and important for postsecondary readiness. The method required postsecondary instructors from a wide range of postsecondary courses and institutions to rate each CCSS standard...

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

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Action Agenda for Higher Education

To meet the goals of the Common Core State Standards, this issue brief describes key areas that will require active participation from higher education leaders and faculty from a broad array of disciplines. The areas include: defining college readiness and aligning key policies for the school-to-...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 12
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core

Learning Forward’s Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core is a multidimensional initiative focused on developing a comprehensive system of professional learning that spans the distance from the statehouse to the classroom. With...

Number of views: 48
Date created: 10/17/2013 - 16:35

Transitional Courses for College and Career Readiness

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has developed a model college and career readiness agenda composed of six interrelated components (see below). In two instructional modules, SREB reviews the progress in six states to improve readiness; suggest ways to build on existing policy, research...

Number of views: 16
Date created: 04/21/2014 - 12:32

Deeper Learning

Deeper Learning is the shorthand phrase that The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has adopted to describe an initiative in which the majority of the Education Program’s resources are directed toward supporting new standards for equity and excellence in U.S. public education. The Deeper Learning...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 23
Date created: 06/05/2014 - 10:00

Developing and Using a Definition of College and Career Readiness: A Practical Primer for States

More of America's students will need to achieve some post-secondary education for a successful future in the workplace and society. Students need to graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills to complete a post-secondary education.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 24
Date created: 06/05/2014 - 14:26

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