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. 

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: 142
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: 72
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Connecting Formative Assessment Research to Practice: An Introductory Guide for Educators

This guide is intended to enhance the knowledge and build the capacity of state, district, and school personnel to implement effective formative assessment practice. It defines formative assessment, examines the research, and outlines the components needed to develop a high-quality, research-based...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 91
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Active Learning Through Formative Assessment

Central to the process of using assessment for (and as) learning is the way in which pupils become involved in all learning and assessment processes: the explanations and classroom examples in this book demonstrate why and how to do it. Drawn from across the age range, and all subjects, the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 64
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

WIDA Consortium Website on English Language Development (ELD) Standards

This website is a resource for the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium’s English Language Development (ELD) Standards. The WIDA ELD Standards are designed as a curriculum and instruction planning tool to assist educators in determining English language learner (ELL)...

Number of views: 121
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: General Accessibility Guidelines

This document presents general accessibility guidelines that item writers and item reviewers must follow when developing items and tasks for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced). The guidelines combine the best practices that guided the development of paper-based tests for...

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

Promises and Cautions Regarding Using Response to Intervention With English Language Learners

This article focuses on issues regarding the use of response to intervention (RTI) with English language learner (ELL) students. The article examines and highlights key points from current literature about reading instruction, ELL students, RTI, and students with learning disabilities. The article...

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

Connecting the Dots: Postsecondary’s Role in Preparing K-12 Students

This report addresses the development of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and common assessments. The report provides an overview of postsecondary’s role in preparing K–12 students for first-year, freshman college courses.  

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 107
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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