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. 

Alternate Assessments for Special Education Students in the Southwest Region States

This study reviews and summarizes alternate assessment policies and practices—and their implementation and impact—for the most significantly cognitively disabled students, across the five states in the Southwest Region. The states’ alternate assessments address the U.S. Department of Education’s...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 32
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) development involved several rounds of review with multiple stakeholder groups and experts, including a review by the National Research Council, confirming their alignment to the Research Council’s 2011 report, A Framework for K-12 Science Education:...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 413
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Formative Assessment: Caveat Emptor

This article reviews formative assessment research focusing on features that help to explain how formative assessment works to improve learning. The article offers criteria to clarify the distinction between formative assessment and formative program evaluation. The article proposes solutions for...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 142
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

What States can Learn about State Standards and Assessment Systems from No Child Left Behind Documents and Interviews with Central Region Assessment Directors

The purpose of this study is to describe the No Child Left Behind requirements for state standards and assessment systems. The authors examined official documents and peer review decision letters and included interviews with state assessment directors in the Central Region to highlight the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Evaluation of the Technical Evidence of Assessments for Special Student Populations

This report updates and extends the work presented in Technical Adequacy of Assessments for Alternate Student Populations (Rabinowitz & Sato, 2005). The evaluation is ongoing and is intended to inform developers and consumers of assessments for special student populations (English language...

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

Assessment in Early Childhood: Instruction-Focused Strategies to Support Response-to-Intervention Frameworks

This article provides a brief review of select early childhood (EC) assessment tools that demonstrate instructional validity. The article suggests methods to strengthen the instructional and intervention validity of EC assessments in the response-to-intervention frameworks context. The article...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 56
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment

This resource focuses on the writing achievement of American students, most of whom do not write well enough to meet grade-level demands, despite improvement in the last 20 years (Salahu-Din, Persky, & Miller, 2008). The inability to effectively convey thoughts and ideas through writing is...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 39
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: 2,194
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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