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.

Used to support both teaching and learning, formative assessment is an integral component of a comprehensive assessment system. As opposed to summative assessment that evaluates students' mastery of learning goals, formative assessment is continuously used throughout students' learning process to help inform teachers' instruction. The Formative Assessment Bi-Regional Advisory Board is a consortium of seven states from the Central and South Central Comprehensive Centers that are committed to incorporating formative assessment as a part of their comprehensive assessment system.
Welcome to this professional learning series on formative assessment for Native American student learning and language development. This series addresses formative assessment implementation with Native students across content areas with a focus on language development, including academic English and Native language. Students' levels of prior content knowledge and language development vary greatly from one to another.
A series of webinars designed to support high quality formative assessment at the state, district, school, and classroom levels. This series is offered through the partnership between the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI), Central Comprehensive Center (C3), and the South Central Comprehensive Center (SC3). The resources on this page contain materials from the webinars.
Supporting materials for a training workshop on how to incorporate formative assessment into lesson plans.
In this series of resources, we provide exemplar lesson plans for use in middle school English language arts, history, science, and mathematics. We encourage teachers to adapt these materials for use in their own contexts.
On October 24, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education released their Testing Action Plan, calling on states to ensure that the assessments students are being administered are rigorous, fair, non-redundant, and tied to improved teaching and learning. The guidelines included in this Action Plan reflect the results of research and stakeholder input on the use and impact of assessments on students and schools, and they are intended to support states and districts in evaluations of their assessment systems.
As the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is implemented across the country, stakeholders and community members have sought to understand the law’s details and how ESSA will change states’ education systems. As a result of changes in accountability indicator requirements, states are re-evaluating their accountability systems and assessing whether or not changes are needed to meet ESSA requirements. Considering the magnitude of some of these changes, states must communicate the law and its associated changes to the public in a way that enables all stakeholders’ understanding.
Student Support Guide
The goal of close reading is to enable students to deeply engage with high-quality, challenging texts so that they will achieve key goals of College and Career Ready Standards by being able to read, comprehend, and evaluate increasingly complex text independently. This Spotlight centers on the CSAI produced resource, Supporting Students in Close Reading. It also includes examples, multi-media tools, and further reading on the subject of close reading.
The Formative Assessment in Action Spotlight aims to provide educators with resources that support learning about the formative assessment process. The spotlight includes one-page excerpts highlighting key ideas in formative assessment, classroom videos that showcase formative assessment in action, and opportunities to deepen learning about formative assessment.
The four collections featured in this spotlight are designed to support the implementation of standards-based instruction and assessment. Each collection focuses on distinct but complementary considerations that are essential in supporting college and career-ready (CCRS) instruction and assessment practices. Because implementation involves educators working at different levels of the educational system, the resources included in these collections address concerns at the state, district, school, and classroom levels.

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