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. 

Race to the Top-District Action Brief: Establishing the Foundational Conditions for Personalized Learning

This paper provides a blueprint for districts that wish to strengthen their RTTD applications. In it, the author recommends  foundational conditions schools must put in place to transform classrooms and the school itself such that students and educators are ready to implement innovative,...

Number of views: 15
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:47

Data Driven Improvement and Accountability

Published by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), this brief reviews evidence and provides illustrative examples of data use in business and sports in order to compare practices in these sectors with data use in public education. The brief discusses research and findings related in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:05

Examining High-Stakes Testing

In summer 2013, results from Common Core–aligned tests in New York showed a steep decline in outcomes. Common Core advocates hailed the scores as an honest accounting of school and student performance, while others worried that they reflected problems with the tests, inadequate support for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 37
Date created: 01/30/2014 - 10:11

School-based Professional Learning for Implementing the Common Core

These fours units are designed to give principals and teacher leaders professional learning resources and develop their ability to facilitate job-embedded, school-based professional learning. Complete with background information, tools, slides, and handouts, the four modules cover key topics in...

Number of views: 23
Date created: 02/11/2014 - 10:11

State Accountability in the Transition to Common Core

This policy brief from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute presents advice on challenges to Common Core transitions. A research team from Fordham interviewed key policymakers and influentials in five states (Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, and New York) to gather information on how the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 07/02/2014 - 11:17

Common Core Implementation Best Practices: Testimony Before the New York State Office of the Governor Common Core Implementation Panel

In this testimony before the New York State Office of the Governor Common Core Implementation Panel, Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, outlines four areas that she believes the state’s leaders must tackle in order to make translation from the...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 22
Date created: 10/03/2014 - 12:40

Common Core State Standards Assessments: Challenges and Opportunities

Morgan Polikoff, an assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, examines the opportunities and challenges that educators face with assessments based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). There are potential benefits to the CCSS and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 10/10/2014 - 12:50

None of the Above: A New Approach to Testing and Assessment

This report by Educators 4 Excellence, a teacher-led organization that seeks to elevate the voices of teachers in policy discussions, presents recommendations for changes to the current systems of evaluating student performance in light of Common Core implementation. A group of 14 teachers worked...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 7
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 13:55

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