CSAI Featured Resources
The Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation (CSAI) is committed to providing state education agencies and regional comprehensive centers with research support, technical assistance, tools, and other resources to help inform decisions about standards, assessment, and accountability. When possible, CSAI takes the knowledge gathered as part of a specific project or technical assistance request and transforms it into a resource appropriate for a general audience. This brief features CSAI’s most popular resources, along with some of the new resources produced and published over the past year.
CSAI Technical Assistance Requests
The work conducted at the Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation (CSAI) falls into two categories— annual projects, which are long-term, sustained efforts planned in advance of each fiscal year; and technical assistance requests, which arise throughout the fiscal year and vary in their scope of work. This brief summarizes several of the technical assistance requests CSAI has completed in Year 6.
Using Student Assessment Data to Support Decision-Making
This update discusses how to use student assessment data thoughtfully to improve decision-making and outcomes. State examples and an annotated list of resources are also provided.
Standards-Based Instruction and the Role of Standards in Improved Student Outcomes
This update focuses on the role of standards in education and how standards-based instruction may improve student outcomes. State examples and an annotated list of resources are included.
Valid and Reliable Assessments
This update defines validity and reliability as a function of high quality assessments. An annotated list of resources is included.
Selected Alternatives for Assessing College and Career Readiness
This update discusses alternatives to popular summative assessments for college and career readiness. An annotated list of resources and examples is included.
Standards Alignment to Curriculum and Assessment
This update is designed to help readers understand and define standards and alignment in the context of curriculum and assessment. State examples and an annotated list of resources are also provided.
How Is My Child Doing? What Assessment Can Tell Parents About Their Child's Learning
This update provides information to parents on how to interpret three common types of assessment their child takes: classroom, district and school interim, and state annual assessments. For each assessment type, the guide answers the following questions: What is it? What can you learn? What can you do with information from the assessment? Also included are examples of questions parents can ask teachers and administrators about assessment.
State Scan of Professional Learning Activities
This update includes a scan of six states' professional development opportunities related to standards implementation practices. The scan was completed in order to examine how those states support their standards implementation processes.
Early Learning and Science Standards
This update features a literature review of early learning standards and science, specifically focused on the topics of engineering and domain-specific learning. It also includes a scan of selected states' early learning standards.
English Language Proficiency Assessment: Assessment Administration for Newly Arrived Students Under ESSA
This update documents how the 15 states with approved ESSA plans handle the assessment of newly arrived students who enroll late in the school year. It includes each state's definition of English language proficiency (ELP), the timing of the state's ELP assessments, as well as statutory language from the U.S. Department of Education regarding these assessments.
English Learners in States' Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plans: Scan of Consolidated State Plans Submitted May 2017
This report provides a summary of the 17 ESSA plans submitted by May 31, 2017 to the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of this report is to provide an at-a-glance look at how states articulated decision related to standards, assessment, accountability, and instruction of English learners in their submitted consolidated state plans.
Peer Review of State Assessment Systems Outcomes Report
This report looks at the Critical Elements (CEs) for which many states have been required to submit additional evidence surrounding their assessment systems to meet ED requirements.
High School State Assessment in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ provides an overview of high school assessment requirements under ESSA, including information on the different assessment options states have under ESSA.
Teachers’ Use of Kindergarten Entry Assessment Data
This update provides information about the administration and key findings of a survey aimed to understand how New Mexico kindergarten teachers are using data collected by the Kindergarten Observation Tool.
State Use of ACT—Peer Review Results
The Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) was interested in looking at the feedback provided to Wisconsin and Wyoming, two states that are using the ACT in their state plans. The information included in this update outlines the findings contained in ED’s decision letters to Wisconsin and Wyoming, and if utilization of the ACT for accountability purposes meets ED requirements.
Key Considerations for Inclusion of School Quality/Student Success Indicators in State Accountability Systems
This report provides an analysis of the key factors that states will need or want to consider in determining which school quality or student success measures to include in their accountability systems.
Peer Review Assistance
This overview outlines the critical elements of the peer review process, and the supports and resources CSAI can provide for each of those elements.
Innovative Assessment Demonstration Pilot—Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
This FAQ provides an overview of the innovative assessment demonstration pilot under ESSA, including information on application requirements and expectations for states.
Native American Language Assessments in ESSA—Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
May 2017 - Updated
This FAQ provides an overview of Native American language assessment requirements in ESSA.
Native Language Assessments in ESSA—Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
May 2017 - Updated
This FAQ provides an overview of native language assessment requirements in ESSA.
Accountability Requirements for Subgroups of Students
March 2017 - Updated
This Update provides an overview of ESSA requirements for reporting data for subgroups of students.
Integrating Speaking and Listening Standards into Instruction—A Review of Resources
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) sought to provide its member states with guidance in integrating the Speaking and Listening strand of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts into classroom instruction. Research to inform this guidance was completed by WestEd. CSAI has received permission from Smarter Balanced to share a portion of the research.
For a summary of speaking and listening instructional strategies and practices, please read the Report.
States' Content Standards Revision Processes
Based on questions received regarding how states evaluate and revise content standards, CSAI has created this report to outline how states set about to revise content standards and the stakeholders involved in these processes.
For a summary of each states' processes, please read the Report.
Scan of State Accountability Systems
This Report looks at the indicators states have used in their accountability systems, including the indicators used for student growth and progress. In preparation for implementation of the ESSA, the scan also includes information on accountability indicators from available draft state plans.
For further information on draft ESSA state plans, please look at this CSAI Spotlight, which includes links to states' ESSA websites and draft ESSA plans.
Middle School Mathematics Assessment Exemption
This Update provides an overview of ESSA's assessment flexibility for middle school students who take a high school level mathematics course with an end-of-course assessment.
School Quality Indicators Scan
CSAI and the Center on School Turnaround have produced a memorandum containing a brief overview of possible indicators states might use to measure school quality. As states revise their accountability systems to meet the requirements of ESSA, this scan identifies possible indicators of student learning conditions, supports, and/or opportunities for states to use.
Course Requirements for High School Graduation
State School Accountability Systems That Include a Student Growth Indicator
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Assessments
These documents present results from a review of assessments that states are currently administering at pre-kindergarten and kindergarten entry.
For a summary of the results, please see the Update.
For additional information, please read the Report.
For more information about states' pre-kindergarten and kindergarten assessment tools, please visit the Pre-K/K Assessment tab on the State of the States page.
Scan of Measures Used in States' Accountability and Accreditation Systems
January 19, 2016
This memorandum presents results from a scan of states' accountability and accreditations systems, focusing on measures of student achievement and outcomes that are associated with school improvement.
Scan of States' Writing Standards for Reference to Cursive Writing
September 22, 2015
This memorandum presents results from a scan of states’ English language arts (ELA) standards for writing, with specific attention to references
Scan of States' College and Career Readiness Indicators
July 24, 2015
This memorandum provides a summary of the indicators of college- and career–readiness used in nine states: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah. This scan was conducted at the request of the California Comprehensive
Differentiation of Special Education in the Growth Models Proposed in ESEA Waivers
January 8, 2015
This memorandum presents results from CSAI's scan of growth models proposed in Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waivers, with a focus on U.S. states' and territories' differentiation of students who participate in special education programs.
Scan of State Assessment Systems (School Year 2014–2015)
December 9, 2014
This memorandum presents results from CSAI’s most recent scan of state assessment systems, with attention to changes from the previous school year to the 2014–2015 school year. Accompanying this memorandum is a spreadsheet, outlining the assessments administered in each state.
Scan of Alternative Student Achievement Measures in Statewide Teacher Evaluation Systems
September 22, 2014
This memorandum presents the results of the most recent scan of student achievement measures, other than state tests, in state teacher evaluation systems. This scan also includes measures of student-centered outcomes unrelated to achievement.
Scan of Statewide Teacher Evaluation Systems
August 12, 2014
The contents of this memorandum present the results of the most recent scan of state teacher evaluation systems, with a focus on the components that make up such systems.
CCSS Implementation Tools for States and Districts
June 25, 2014
This memorandum presents the results of an initial scan of states, large school districts, and educational organizations for resources that have been developed for use in the measurement of standards implementation across states and LEAs. Resources include tools, surveys, rubrics, and the reports resulting from resources used to track and evaluate the implementation of standards.