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. 

Blueprint for College Readiness: A 50-State Policy Analysis

The Blueprint Report is designed by state leaders to feature a menu of 10 critical policies that promote college readiness and success, specifically improving student success and transition from high school to post-secondary education. The Blueprint "is designed to serve as a framework to help K–12...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:28

In Native Schools, Hope and Fears about New Nationwide Standards

The gap between how Native American students and white students perform academically is the widest in the country based on test scores, graduation rates and college enrollments. This article explores the potential impact of the Common Core state standards on Native American students and schools,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 10
Date created: 12/26/2014 - 09:13

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education: Overcoming Gaps in Provincially Funded Schools

This report examines the programs and resources to support Aboriginal (i.e., indigenous student) education in provincially funded schools in Ontario, Canada, with a particular focus on schools with a high proportion of Aboriginal students. The report describes and illustrates achievement gaps...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 12
Date created: 12/30/2014 - 09:46

Smarter Balanced Assessments: Keep Results in Perspective for Students and Their Families

In this short California Schools article, veteran educator Kathy Caric encourages districts and schools to implement effective strategies to inform parents and students about the value of multiple measures when reporting student progress. She notes that the expected low scores on the upcoming...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 08/27/2015 - 15:16

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

Contextual Factors that Influence the Achievement of Australia’s Indigenous Students: Results from PISA 2000–2006

From the Publisher: "The analyses presented in this report show that there are still large gaps in the socioeconomic background of [Australian] Indigenous and non- Indigenous students.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 22
Date created: 10/01/2015 - 09:07

Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards - English Language Arts

The parent roadmaps provide guidance for parents about what their children are learning in grades K–8 and high school. It also provides grade-specific questions for parents to ask teachers regarding their children's progress and grade strategies for parents to use to support their children at home...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 24
Date created: 09/04/2015 - 15:54

Testing Reform Victories 2015: Growing Grassroots Movement Rolls Back Testing Overkill

As its title suggests, the authors of this publication present information related to recent changes in state and district assessment policies. Those issues include: Graduation Test Policies  Test-Based Grade Retention Opting Out of Testing Public Opinion about Tests Tests for College Admissions;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:41

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