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. 

Resource Guide: Accountability for English Learners under the ESEA

With the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) comes updates to provisions in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act regarding school supports for English learner (EL) students. Under ESSA, states are required to more fully include ELs in school-level accountability systems to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 141
Date created: 01/19/2017 - 14:17

Newcomer Tool Kit

This tool kit is designed to support educators and school staff in implementing and improving programs for immigrant students, including asylees, refugees, and their families. The stated goals of this resource are to help teachers, school leaders, and school site personnel expand opportunities for...

Number of views: 121
Date created: 10/11/2016 - 12:19

"Welcome Kit" for New ELLs

This article is written from an educator’s perspective and provides practical suggestions, and additional resource links, for creating materials to welcome newcomer English learner students into school settings. Included is a checklist of materials and resources to include in a welcome kit, as well...

Number of views: 83
Date created: 10/11/2016 - 11:47

Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners: Research-Based Recommendations for Serving Adolescent Newcomers

Meeting the complex needs of newcomer adolescent students is not simple and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. This report describes the research on newcomer programs and provides evidence-based recommendations for addressing the challenges of program implementation. The authors provide...

Number of views: 47
Date created: 10/11/2016 - 09:14

High-Leverage Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

New college and career ready standards (CCRS) have established more rigorous expectations of learning for all learners, including EL students, than what was expected in previous standards. A common feature in these new content-area standards, such as the Common Core State Standards in English...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 100
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 19:27

Refugee Children in U.S. Schools: A Toolkit for Teachers and School Personnel

This collection of resources is for schools and educators seeking to support refugee students, who are often newcomer English learners, in the areas of child welfare, parent involvement, social integration, and other topics specifically connected to refugees. The stated purposes of this toolkit are...

Number of views: 29
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:36

How to Support Refugee Students in the ELL Classroom

This article provides information about key differences between immigrant and refugee children, and outlines areas of challenge faced by refugees that can be addressed by schools. The article is followed by a list of practical, web-based resources for educators and administrators seeking to support...

Number of views: 22
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:34

How to Support ELL Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFEs)

This article is written to inform educators about the challenges and unique needs of students with interrupted formal education, a group which can also include newcomer English learners.  The authors define the population of students with interrupted formal education, discuss what makes these...

Number of views: 52
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:30

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