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. 

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

Teachers Developing Assessment for Learning: Impact on Student Achievement

This article reports on a study about the achievement of secondary school students who worked in classrooms where teachers were given the time to develop formative assessment strategies. Specifically, twenty-four teachers (two science and two mathematics teachers, in each of six schools, in two...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 38
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Nature and Impact of Teachers' Formative Assessment Practices

This technical report details a study that examines three questions relating to formative assessment: (1) What is the quality of implementation of a formative assessment science unit in middle school classrooms? (2) What is the quality of teacher feedback provided to students? (3) To what degree do...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 170
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

Guidance for Developing and Selecting Assessments of Student Growth for Use in Teacher Evaluation Systems (Extended Version)

This article provides comprehensive guidance for including test scores in teacher evaluations.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 41
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

A New Model of Student Assessment for the 21st Century

This paper details a model to remediate a history of academic underachievement by urban students; significantly improve their chance of graduating; and successfully launch them on to college. The paper challenges long-established practices and provides recommendations for improving secondary...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 21
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards

This guide focuses on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), which formally began in June 2009 as a collaborative effort among nearly all U.S. states and territories. Forty-five states subsequently adopted the CCSS in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) and joined one of two...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Building a Plan for Higher Education to Implement the Smarter Balanced Assessment System

This document’s goal is to provide “guidance for state higher education leaders on one crucial aspect of implementation: the role that state systems of higher education must play to build toward recognition of the Smarter Balanced [Assessment Consortium] assessment as evidence that students are...

Number of views: 31
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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