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. 

The “Data Wise” Improvement Process: Eight Steps for Using Test Data to Improve Teaching and Learning

This article is adapted from Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning, edited by Kathryn Parker Boudett, Elizabeth A. City, and Richard J. Murnane (Harvard Education Press, 2005). The authors recommend an 8-step process for using data to improve...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 93
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:57

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

Implementing Competency Education in K–12 Systems: Insights from Local Leaders

This paper seeks to map out the terrain of the district implementation strategies being used to convert traditional systems into personalized, competency-based ones.  It aspires to prepare readers to begin a transformational process. Four stages of implementation are proposed in the paper:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 14
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:13

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: 49
Date created: 12/01/2015 - 16:17

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: 156
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:15

No Schools Left Behind

In this eight-page article, the author describes and illustrates a specific process for using different types of data to improve student outcomes, including achievement. She defines and illustrates four types of data that schools should gather, including demographics, student learning, perception,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 40
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:48

Answering the Questions That Count

In this brief Educational Leadership article, the authors draw from their personal experiences to illustrate the value of answering essential questions prior to data collection. They examine three components of systematic data use: data quality, data capacity, and data culture. Each component is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 80
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:51

Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments

The U. S. Department of Education issued this guidance "to provide State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, educators, and partner organizations with information to assist them in selecting and using 'evidence-based' activities, strategies, and interventions,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 67
Date created: 09/16/2016 - 12:13