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. 

A State Guide to the Development of Universally Designed Assessments

The purpose of this guide is to provide states with strategies for developing universally designed assessments, including conceptualization and item construction; field testing; item reviews; statewide operation; and evaluation. Universal design for assessments is an approach to educational...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 56
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

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards

This guide focuses on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), which formally began in June 2009 as a collaborative effort among nearly all U.S. states and territories. Forty-five states subsequently adopted the CCSS in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) and joined one of two...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Performance-based Assessment: An International Perspective (video file)

This 2008 presentation addresses international practices of performance-based assessment and how these practices compare with assessments in the United States.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Guidelines for Ensuring the Technical Quality of Assessments Affecting English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities: Development and Implementation of Regulations

These guidelines provide research-based information on key issues relevant to the technical quality of assessments for English language learner (ELL) students and students with disabilities (SWDs). The guidelines will be updated periodically to incorporate new information and research.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 43
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Technical Adequacy of Assessments for Alternate Student Populations: Guidelines for Consumers and Developers

These guidelines are designed to assist developers and consumers of assessments for English language learner (ELL) students specifically and for special student populations in general. The guidelines are intended to help evaluate the technical adequacy (i.e., validity, reliability, freedom from...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Reflections on Educational Testing: Problems and Opportunities

This article provides guidance to the Carnegie-IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education as to possible assessment-related initiatives to improve mathematics and science learning in the United States. The article focuses on (1) classroom assessments and (2) assessments for accountability...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

ASSETS (Assessment Services Supporting ELs through Technology Systems) Website

ASSETS is a 35-state consortium, building on the work of the WIDA Consortium, to create the next generation of English Language Proficiency tests. The Consortium's work is supported through a federal Enhanced Assessment Grant (EAG) with plans for full operationalization of the new assessment system...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 16
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:00

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