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. 

Moving Your Numbers: Five Districts Share How They Used Assessment and Accountability to Increase Performance for Students with Disabilities as Part of District-wide Improvement

This article examines how five demographically dissimilar school districts use assessment and accountability as an impetus to implement positive changes in their schools. The article emphasizes that each district refrains from using assessment data as the reason that teachers cannot teach or that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
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: 10
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

Draft Framework for High-Quality English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and Assessments

The draft Framework for High Quality English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and Assessments was developed in response to requests from states for assistance from the U.S. Department of Education on how to evaluate the technical quality of their ELP standards and assessments.

Number of views: 19
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

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: 50
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

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: 15
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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