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. 

High Stakes Testing: Issues, Implications, and Remedies for English Language Learners

This article discusses the issues and implications of high-stakes tests on English language learner (ELL) students. Specifically, ELL students are increasingly included in high-stakes assessments connected to accountability efforts (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 [NCLB]), and thus it is...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 113
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Language Accommodations for English Language Learners in Large-Scale Assessments: Bilingual Dictionaries and Linguistic Modification

This study explores the effectiveness of bilingual dictionaries and linguistic modification on assessment measures. Such language accommodations are thought to help lower the achievement gap among students with language differences.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 45
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Moving Your Numbers: Five Districts Share How They Used Assessment and Accountability to Increase Performance for Students with Disabilities as Part of District-wide Improvement

This article examines how five demographically dissimilar school districts use assessment and accountability as an impetus to implement positive changes in their schools. The article emphasizes that each district refrains from using assessment data as the reason that teachers cannot teach or that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners: Research-Based Recommendations for the Use of Accommodations in Large-Scale Assessments

This 2006 publication is the third in a series of three Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners publications. This publication addresses the increased awareness by schools, districts, and states of the academic needs and achievement of English language learner (ELL)...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 52
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Processes and Challenges in Identifying Learning Disabilities Among Students Who Are English Language Learners in Three New York State Districts

This study, which focuses on three districts in New York State, uses interviews with the districts’ and schools’ personnel and documents from the state’s and districts’ websites to examine practices for identifying learning disabilities among students who are English language learners and the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 36
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Progress Monitoring for Elementary Mathematics

This PowerPoint presentation, with accompanying Presenter’s Manual, provides an overview of progress monitoring systems that can be used to track student growth in elementary school mathematics. The presentation was made at the Math Summit: Providing Evidence-Based Practices and Implications of...

Number of views: 212
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Promises and Cautions Regarding Using Response to Intervention With English Language Learners

This article focuses on issues regarding the use of response to intervention (RTI) with English language learner (ELL) students. The article examines and highlights key points from current literature about reading instruction, ELL students, RTI, and students with learning disabilities. The article...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 47
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: General Accessibility Guidelines

This document presents general accessibility guidelines that item writers and item reviewers must follow when developing items and tasks for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced). The guidelines combine the best practices that guided the development of paper-based tests for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 16
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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