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. 

Fundamentals of Learning (FOL)

This publication provides a framework, the Fundamentals of Learning (FOL), to assist teachers in transitioning to the classroom practices called for in the College- and Career-Ready Standards (CCRS). The content of this resource is drawn from leading theory and research about learning and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 3,364
Date created: 08/21/2013 - 11:08

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: General Accessibility Guidelines

This document presents general accessibility guidelines that item writers and item reviewers must follow when developing items and tasks for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced). The guidelines combine the best practices that guided the development of paper-based tests for...

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

Judging Student Achievement: Why Getting the Right Data Matters

No Child Left Behind offers a useful framework for thinking about the kinds of data needed to identify students having difficulty meeting standards and to document school progress in closing the achievement gap over time. This issue brief discusses the benefits and questions that can be answered by...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Coherence: Key to Next Generation Assessment Success

This guide provides recommendations on coherent assessment systems that improve student learning.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 15
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Active Learning Through Formative Assessment

Central to the process of using assessment for (and as) learning is the way in which pupils become involved in all learning and assessment processes: the explanations and classroom examples in this book demonstrate why and how to do it. Drawn from across the age range, and all subjects, the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 64
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Putting Data Into Practice: Lessons From New York City

While New York’s size and the scope of its initiative make it unique, the district provides a rich and timely illustration of how data is being used in an urban school system—and how it can be employed in smaller districts, as well. Seen from the perspective of both its obstacles and successes, New...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
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

Tough Choices in Designing a Formative Assessment System

This article focuses on the growing number of school districts in the United States that are introducing formative assessment systems to measure student skills in core subjects throughout the year. The article states that the underlying logic is that providing teachers with timely information on...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 49
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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