Spotlights

Spotlights feature CSAI-developed content, addressing a specific need or issue that can be broadly applied to states, districts, and schools. The resources and information presented in the Spotlights are accompanied by additional contextual information and include a deeper examination of the need or issue.

As a result of technical assistance requests from various stakeholders, CSAI has conducted comprehensive scans or reviews of states’ efforts surrounding teacher evaluation, standards, assessment, and accountability systems. In this section, findings and data are presented in two formats: Updates, which provide an overview of the scan and highlight important findings, and Reports, which provide more in-depth information and comprehensive data. 
The Assessment System Visualizer (ASV) is an online, interactive tool intended to build the capacity of individuals seeking to analyze the components of their state, district, school, and/or classroom assessment systems and make decisions about how to improve them.
CSAI has collaborated with the College and Career Readiness and Success Center and the Midwest Comprehensive Center to develop the Standards Review and Revision Toolkit (“Toolkit”). The Toolkit includes information, examples, and associated resources to help state education agencies (SEAs) execute a research- and best practices-based standards review and revision process. SEAs may utilize the Toolkit as a whole, or reference discrete stages as their context requires.
Evidence-Centered Design is a process intended to ensure a rigorous framework for developing assessments that actually measure their intended constructs and yield the evidence needed to support claims drawn from the results. In this collection of materials, you will find documents that further explain Evidence-Centered Design and its application, including example questions and evidence, a framework for building assessments, and current constraints and recommendations.
Teacher Giving Directions
The Framework provides a general model for implementing new or revised content standards. The Framework is a compilation of ideas and lessons learned from a variety of sources, most recently the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) implementation plans. The Framework is labeled as version 1.0, recognizing that it may evolve and be updated based on user feedback.
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. To assist states in the planning and implementation of ESSA, CSAI has created four documents, highlighting key ESSA requirements related to standards, assessment, and accountability, specifically those requirements for which CSAI can provide support to states.
CSAI has collaborated with the Reform Support Network to share this Assessment Design Toolkit. The Toolkit includes v​ideos and supplemental materials to help teachers write and select well-designed assessments. Although the primary audience is teachers and principals, district and State leaders can use the Toolkit to design professional development opportunities.
With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), States have an opportunity to reflect on their overall vision and goals for education and determine how to best support that vision to achieve their goals.
The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as the Every Student Succeeds Act, continues the requirement for the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to conduct peer reviews of states' standards and assessment systems. This peer review process is designed to ensure that a state's assessment system follows these requirements: 
To assist states as they implement new science standards, the CCSSO Science Assessment Item Collaborative, in collaboration with WestEd, has documented a range of options, accompanying rationales, and item cluster prototypes to guide the development of summative assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards.

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