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. 

Conversations with Practitioners: Current Practice in Statewide RTI Implementation. Recommendations and Frequently Asked Questions

This publication focuses on key ideas and recommendations for effective Response to Intervention (RTI) programs. The publication serves as a reference for information about RTI programs. RTI is an area of focus for the U.S. Department of Education–funded Center on Instruction. The Center on...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 37
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Secondary School Leader Action Brief

This series of action briefs was developed by Achieve and their partner organizations to help provide guidance to elementary school leadership, middle school leadership, and school counselors concerning implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The briefs discuss these Standards, the...

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

International Benchmarking: State Education Performance Standards

This report uses international benchmarking to examine the expectations gap between what students are expected to learn in some states versus other states. The report assumes that each state’s expectations are embodied in the stringency of the performance standards it uses on its own state...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 60
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Key Considerations When Measuring Teacher Effectiveness: A Framework for Validating Teachers’ Professional Practices

The report describes three levels of data collection to measure teacher effectiveness both with and without standardized test scores.

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

Achieving with Data: How High-performing School Systems use Data to Improve Instruction for Elementary Students

This report is the second in a three-part research effort to investigate the prevalence of performance-driven practices in urban school districts across the country. The study captures the details of data-driven instructional decision making at the classroom, school, and system levels in two urban...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 2,212
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Year Two of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: States’ Progress and Challenges

As of January 2012, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and mathematics developed through the leadership of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Released in June 2010, these...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 44
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

High Stakes Testing: Issues, Implications, and Remedies for English Language Learners

This article discusses the issues and implications of high-stakes tests on English language learner (ELL) students. Specifically, ELL students are increasingly included in high-stakes assessments connected to accountability efforts (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 [NCLB]), and thus it is...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 113
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

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