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. 

Early Progress: Interim Report on Personalized Learning

The RAND Corporation, commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is conducting an ongoing study of schools using personalized learning practices. Personalized learning “is an educational approach in which teachers and schools create systems, tools, and methodologies that tailor...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 73
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:24

The Role of Strategic Communications in the Transition to New Academic Standards and Assessments: Case Studies of Tennessee and Kentucky

This case study examines how the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the state of Tennessee managed communications in the transition to more rigorous standards. The authors present eight important lessons including: proactive communication; coordinated communication; educator engagement; simple messages;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:11

In Effort to Fix Tribal Schools, Feds Face Doubts

This 2015 Education Week articles summarizes many of the challenges facing federal plans to "turn more control of Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools to tribes." American Indian students attending BIE schools remain some of the lowest-performing in the country; consequently the proposal to...

Number of views: 19
Date created: 08/31/2015 - 16:23

The Need to Use Evidence in School-Based K–12 Improvement Efforts

In this brief paper, the author suggests that "to empower teachers to use data effectively, schools and districts need to engage in the systematic collection and analysis of evidence as part of an ongoing school improvement cycle." Based on research and practice, she identifies and explains "four...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 76
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:01

Results of President Obama’s Race to the Top

From the Publisher: "This study examines the effects of Obama’s Race to the Top [funding initiative] on education policymaking around the country. The overall findings . . . indicate that Race to the Top had a meaningful impact on the production of education policy across the United States. In its ...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 142
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:03

Knowing the Score: The Who, What, and Why of Testing

This brief provides information about K–12 testing with the goal of helping parents, educators, policymakers, and others make decisions about testing policies in their community and state. Background information is provided, as well as answers to common questions about K–12 testing, including the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 52
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

From Accountability to Actionability: Making Sense of Multiple Measures in Local Control Accountability Plans

In this brief, the authors review "promising practices from California districts and insights from research on multiple measures to provide recommendations that improve how districts generate, present, and use data in their [Local Control Accountability Plans] LCAPs." The authors "recommend that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 71
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 18:12

Improving Teaching and Learning with Data-Based Decisions: Asking the Right Questions and Acting on the Answers

This resource provides information on data-based decision making to help schools increase student achievement, focusing on the use of data to inform instructional and curricular change. Included is an overview on how educators can use assessments with different purposes to gather various types of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 165
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:15

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