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—Supporting Students' Learning

This paper provides information on the elements of formative assessment and the role of formative assessment in teaching and learning. It also elaborates on three formative assessment research projects at ETS. These include projects focused on the use of learning progressions, targeted professional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 53
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 17:47

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

Innovative Math Program Succeeds at American Indian Schools, Before Funding Is Cut

This article provides an overview of a mathematics program "Strength in Number," which is used by some Wyoming schools that serve large numbers of Native American students. The program exemplifies the type of learning and assessment envisioned in the Common Core State Standards, though it was...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 21
Date created: 09/16/2015 - 15:32

Professional Learning Modules for the Common Core State Standards: Assessment Literacy

As part of its Common Core State Standards (CCSS) professional learning module series, the California Department of Education, in collaboration with the San Joaquin Valley County Office of Education, has developed an online module focused on the topic of assessment literacy. The resource is...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 243
Date created: 09/29/2015 - 15:38

Assessment Literacy Project

This site provides online professional development in assessment literacy for educators. The information is organized into a series of modules, each of which begins with a video of Dr. James Popham. Educators also participate in activities and read articles as part of the learning process. Along...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 190
Date created: 09/29/2015 - 17:28

Coherence: Key to Next Generation Assessment Success

In this Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center (AACC) policy brief, Joan L. Herman explains the significance of a coherent multi-assessment system and describes key considerations in developing such a system. Herman begins with a description of the need for assessments that are tightly...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 117
Date created: 09/30/2015 - 19:23

Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs): Policy Considerations for Meaningful Accountability

Curriculum-Embedded Performance Assessments (CEPAs) are instructional content-area units designed for consistency between what is taught, assessed, and how teachers are prepared. CEPAs combine elements of formative assessment and performance assessments to promote deeper learning outcomes. CEPAs...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 693
Date created: 10/06/2015 - 10:07

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