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. 

Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners: Research-Based Recommendations for the Use of Accommodations in Large-Scale Assessments

This 2006 publication is the third in a series of three Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners publications. This publication addresses the increased awareness by schools, districts, and states of the academic needs and achievement of English language learner (ELL)...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 55
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: 71
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

National Education Standards: Getting Beneath the Surface

The goal of this report is to increase understanding of the history, facts, choices, risks, and possibilities that are involved in establishing national standards in the context of the local control of schools in the United States. The report offers numerous approaches for increasing commonality in...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 21
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Forum Guide to Building a Culture of Quality Data: A School & District Resource

Quality data, like quality students, come from schools. Recently, there has been a growing awareness that effective teaching, efficient schools, and quality data are related. The quality of information used to develop an instructional plan, run a school, plan a budget, or place a student in a class...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

CRESST Report 806—District Adoption and Implementation of Interim and Benchmark Assessments

As an outgrowth of the accountability requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), districts are increasingly implementing interim or benchmark assessments. This report investigates various stakeholders’ original purposes in adopting interim or benchmark assessments, ensuing...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 78
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

State Policies Databases

This database provides online links to state policies on accommodations, graduation requirements, accountability (including the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 [NCLB]), and other topics for students with disabilities. The database is maintained by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO...

Number of views: 24
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Performance-based Assessment: An International Perspective (video file)

This 2008 presentation addresses international practices of performance-based assessment and how these practices compare with assessments in the United States.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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