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.
Under Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a primary indicator of student academic achievement, and the primary measure of State success in meeting the goals of ESEA, is proficiency on State assessments. Section 1201 of ESEA, as amended by ESSA, provides formula grants to all state education agencies (SEAs), and section 1203 authorizes the Secretary of Education to make competitive grant awards to SEAs, to help States enhance the quality of their assessment and accountability systems.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), includes a new demonstration authority in title I, part B. This demonstration authority, the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA), allows a state education agency (SEA), or consortium of SEAs, that meets certain application requirements, to establish, operate, and evaluate an innovative assessment system, potentially for use in the statewide accountability system.
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.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) shifts much of the authority for developing accountability systems from the U.S. Department of Education to state education agencies. State agencies now assume much greater responsibility for developing equitable accountability systems, monitoring the system’s progress, identifying problems and unintentional consequences emerging from the new system, and making improvements to ensure the system improves equitable access to a high-quality education.
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.