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. 

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: 421
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

The Two-Way Immersion Toolkit

This resource provides extensive, detailed information on how to implement and maintain a two-way immersion or dual language program. The authors provide insight and guidance on choosing instructional models, creating lesson plans, and facilitating parent involvement. This resource is applicable to...

Number of views: 80
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 16:18

Helping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond

This report was written for educators and policymakers who are seeking ways to focus attention on the social and academic needs of newcomer adolescent students. Based on a three-year national research study funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, this report addresses the challenges and...

Number of views: 242
Date created: 09/13/2016 - 10:35

Supporting English Language Learners with Next-Gen Tools

This paper highlights existing technological tools that can be used to support instruction of English learners (EL). These tools fall into two categories: EL-specific products and the other communication and translation tools. The collection of technological tools highlighted in this paper was...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 38
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:49

English Learner Tool Kit for State and Local Education Agencies (SEAs and LEAs)

This toolkit was released in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) and the U.S.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 158
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:48

Making the Grade: A 50-State Analysis of School Accountability Systems

This publication includes: an historical overview of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; a review of the requirements of the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act; a summary of the difference types of accountability systems used by states; and specific information about different state...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 60
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:42

Teaching English-Language Learners: What Does the Research Tell Us?

What instruction works best for English language learners (ELLs) is far from settled. This article addresses this issue by reviewing the research on ELL instruction, including effectiveness of different instructional methods and practices for different populations of ELL students. The article also...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 256
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:12