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. 

Reinventing Assessment

This report argues that large-scale assessment has changed little over the last two decades, despite increased demands on testing. The report outlines what the demands are and might come to be and offers a glimpse into the future of the testing enterprise at different stages of change and...

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

A Summary of the Research on the Effects of Test Accommodations: 2005–2006

This report provides an update on testing accommodations research, with a focus on the effect of accommodations on students with disabilities (SWDs). The primary purpose of the research featured in this review is to evaluate the comparability of test scores when assessments are administered with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 48
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: 68
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: 74
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Similar Students, Different Results: Why Do Some Schools Do Better?

This report summarizes a study that addresses the question: “What accounts for the difference in [Academic Performance Index] API performance among schools that serve similar students?” The study focused on similar schools in a sample of California school districts.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 13
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Alternate Assessments for Special Education Students in the Southwest Region States

This study reviews and summarizes alternate assessment policies and practices—and their implementation and impact—for the most significantly cognitively disabled students, across the five states in the Southwest Region. The states’ alternate assessments address the U.S. Department of Education’s...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 34
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) development involved several rounds of review with multiple stakeholder groups and experts, including a review by the National Research Council, confirming their alignment to the Research Council’s 2011 report, A Framework for K-12 Science Education:...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 447
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Formative Assessment: Caveat Emptor

This article reviews formative assessment research focusing on features that help to explain how formative assessment works to improve learning. The article offers criteria to clarify the distinction between formative assessment and formative program evaluation. The article proposes solutions for...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 148
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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