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. 

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: 38
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Strength in Numbers: State Spending on K-12 Assessment Systems

This report and accompanying webinar explore the costs of assessment systems currently used in different states and the potential financial savings involved in using collaborative assessments such as those being developed by the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessment consortia.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 65
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Putting the Pieces Together: Summary Report of the Invitational Research Symposium on Through-Course Summative Assessments

This report summarizes expert presentations and discussions about through-course summative assessments being developed by the two Common Core State Standards (CCSS) consortia. The presentations and discussions took place during the 2011 Invitational Research Symposium on Through-Course Summative...

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

High Stakes Testing: Issues, Implications, and Remedies for English Language Learners

This article discusses the issues and implications of high-stakes tests on English language learner (ELL) students. Specifically, ELL students are increasingly included in high-stakes assessments connected to accountability efforts (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 [NCLB]), and thus it is...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 108
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Formative Assessment Systems: Evaluating the Fit between School Districts' Needs and Assessment Systems' Characteristics

This study describes how districts search for and acquire formative assessment systems to meet their needs. It focuses on three school districts that adopted three different formative assessment systems. The findings suggest the fit between a system’s characteristics and a school district’s...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 16
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment

This article focuses on one aspect of teaching: formative assessment, and provides evidence that formative assessment is an essential component of classroom work The article suggests that teachers and students must directly implement formative assessment in the classroom in order to raise standards...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 132
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

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

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