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. 

How Should We Measure Student Learning? 5 Keys to Comprehensive Assessment

This article addresses the following: How should we measure student learning? Testing represents a commitment to high academic standards and school accountability. When the financial and emotional stakes associated with standardized tests are disproportionately high, this laudable goal becomes...

Number of views: 25
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Predictive Validity of Selected Benchmark Assessments Used in the Mid-Atlantic Region

This report examines the availability and quality of predictive validity data for a selection of benchmark assessments identified by state and district personnel as in use within Mid-Atlantic Region jurisdictions. The report finds that evidence is generally lacking of their predictive validity with...

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

The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends

Educational Leadership article in which a noted literacy expert discusses five myths about the new standards and explains what the standards really entail.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 70
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Learning about Assessment: An Evaluation of a Ten-State Effort to Build Assessment Capacity in High Schools

This report focuses primarily on the third goal of this project, which is the creation and function of teacher learning teams focused on assessment for learning.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 9
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Seductive Allure of Data

In this article, James Popham helps to differentiate between the overwhelming data from achievement tests and data that will lead to improved instruction and learning.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 46
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Measures That Matter, Making College and Career Readiness the Mission for High Schools: A Guide for State Policymakers

This guide focuses on College and Career Readiness (CCR) and attempts to distill key lessons from CCR reform efforts for state policymakers. The guide is organized around “a new set of basics” for what states must achieve at the high school level: standards, course requirements, curriculum and...

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

Lining Up: The Relationship between the Common Core State Standards and Five Sets of Companion Standards

In response to the widespread adoption of the Common Core state standards, this report (and its executive summary) explores the alignment between these new standards and five sets of existing standards considered exemplary and which focus on the issue of college-readiness. The analyses used for...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 15
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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