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. 

Better Tests, Fewer Barriers: Advances in Accessibility through PARCC and Smarter Balanced

As the title implies, this Center for American Progress publication provides an overview of the general movement toward increased accessibility for students with disabilities (SWDs) and English Language Learners (ELLs). The authors present statistics showing a substantial increase in the numbers of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 43
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 12:31

“Why Are There So Many Words in Math?”: Planning for Content-Area Vocabulary Instruction

This article, published by the National Council of Teachers of English, describes a planning tool for vocabulary instruction called the 5 Cs. It was developed to help teachers consider which words to teach in content-area classes such as mathematics, science, and social studies. The tool supports...

Number of views: 146
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 15:22

Applying Universal Design to the Common Core

The topic for this segment of Bam! Radio (an all-education radio network that offers programming from top education organizations and leaders) is about Universal Design. Guest Dr. Katie Novak (Title I Director, ELL Director, and Reading coordinator in Chelmsford Public Schools) discusses teacher...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:11

Text Complexity in the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System

This paper presents the research-based decisions that determine text complexity within the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System (DLM). In this paper, factors related to text complexity found in college and career readiness standards (and in particular the Common Core State Standards)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 18
Date created: 12/05/2014 - 09:05

Common Core State Standards and Implications for Special Populations

This policy brief explores the potential impact of the implementation of Common Core State Standards on students with disabilities, Native American students, and English language learners, and gives examples of implementation targeting these populations, followed by recommendations and questions...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 186
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 09:55

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

This newly updated and final edition of Coming together to Raise Achievement provides consortia-approved summaries of the ongoing work of all the assessment consortia: comprehensive assessment (PARCC and Smarter Balanced), alternative assessment (DLM and NCSC), and English language proficiency...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 06/09/2014 - 12:12

Fewer, Clearer, Higher Common Core State Standards: Implications for Students Receiving Special Education Services

The goal of the Common Core State Standards is to focus on the knowledge and skills needed by all students so they can be successful in college and careers, including students receiving special services. This publication illustrates five key elements from the International Center’s Special...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 271
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:03

Assessing the Common Core, Comprehensive Assessment Systems and Students with Disabilities: Opportunities and Consequences

This presentation addresses many issues related to the CCSS and students with disabilities, including: accommodations, technical quality of assessment, formative assessment, item task design and development, technology-enhanced assessments, formative assessment, summative assessment models, interim...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:01

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