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. 

Designing NGSS Assessments to Evaluate the Efficacy of Curriculum Interventions

In this paper, the authors present an approach to designing assessments for the intended purpose of evaluating curriculum interventions for NGSS implementation in schools. The use of evidence-centered design (ECD) is discussed and illustrated in an example from an urban middle school in which...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 132
Date created: 02/20/2015 - 10:54

What Professional Development Strategies Are Needed for Successful Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards?

This resource is a paper presented by Dr. Brian J. Reiser, from Northwestern University, at the Research Symposium on Science Assessment, hosted by the Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management (K–12 Center) at ETS, in September 2013 in Washington, DC. It articulates the required...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 725
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 14:37

Science Education: Facts and Trends in High School, College, and Career

This resource is a PowerPoint presentation given by Achieve at the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Annual Leadership Meeting in 2014. It focuses on the high school course mapping resources in the NGSS, addressing facts and trends in high school coursework nationally, breaking them down by...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 266
Date created: 03/04/2015 - 10:12

A New Vision for Accountability

Student assessments face challenges of quality, cost, and appropriate use, writes scholar Linda Darling-Hammond. Written for school board members, this article is brief and to the point about ensuring and implementing the use of high-quality assessments (a topic covered in numerous publications by...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 35
Date created: 03/11/2015 - 10:10

The Role of Strategic Communications in the Transition to New Academic Standards and Assessments: Case Studies of Tennessee and Kentucky

This case study examines how the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the state of Tennessee managed communications in the transition to more rigorous standards. The authors present eight important lessons including: proactive communication; coordinated communication; educator engagement; simple messages;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 50
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:11

Parent Assessment Event Toolkit

The purpose of this PTA toolkit is to help answer parents' questions about new state assessments aligned to new college and career readiness standards. The toolkit includes a broad variety of resources, including information about PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments, assessment PowerPoint...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 38
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:12

Sample Student Assessment Reports

From the publisher: "Achieve has gone through the process of developing sample student assessment reports to enhance understanding about how to more effectively communicate assessment results to teachers, school leaders and families. Families and educators need access to more helpful information to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 190
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:13

Why Education Data?

This website provides a broad number of resources and tools to help policymakers and educators develop a successful data-use communications strategy. Spanning multiple topics, the resources cover the power of communications, using data to measure teacher effectiveness, and seizing important data-...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 58
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:21

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