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. 

Supporting Formative Assessment for Deeper Learning: A Primer for Policymakers

This primer argues that effective formative assessment is essential to successfully implementing new college- and career-ready standards. It explains what formative assessment is, how it works in practice, and why it is critically important in fostering powerful pedagogy and 21st-century...

Number of views: 113
Date created: 01/18/2017 - 11:20

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: 928
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: 601
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: 267
Date created: 10/11/2016 - 09:14

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: 96
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: 147
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: 409
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:30

Connecting Diverse Cultures—Videos and Companion Guide

This resource is for educators and professional development leaders who are seeking to increase understanding of diverse cultures in their schools and districts. This resource includes a DVD called Refugee Families & Refugee Youth with two videos, "A New Day" and "Be Who You Are," and a...

Number of views: 136
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:24

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