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. 

Scope of Issues to be Negotiated

In regards to the March 2016 negotiated rulemaking session, this document provides an overview of the topics that were to be discussed. In this session, the committee was tasked with discussing regulatory language regarding: supplemental assessments, computer-adaptive assessments, exceptions for...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 13
Date created: 04/11/2016 - 08:45

Testing Reform Victories 2015: Growing Grassroots Movement Rolls Back Testing Overkill

As its title suggests, the authors of this publication present information related to recent changes in state and district assessment policies. Those issues include: Graduation Test Policies  Test-Based Grade Retention Opting Out of Testing Public Opinion about Tests Tests for College Admissions;...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:41

Leveraging ESSA: Policy Opportunities for English Learners in Illinois

The purpose of this resource is to inform English learner (EL) advocates and families to understand the opportunities within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that can support a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning for ELs. The analysis presented in the resource can also be used as a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 28
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 13:01

What Are Teachers' and School Leaders' Major Concerns About New K–12 State Tests?

The implementation of new consortia-based tests (Smarter Balanced and PARCC) has created concern among both educators and school leaders about increased test difficulty, score accuracy, technology, and educator readiness to prepare students for the new assessments. In this brief report, the authors...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 37
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:48

Raising the Bar: Implementing Common Core State Standards for Latino Student Success

The purpose of this implementation guide is to inform state education leaders on key elements and questions that will help them build effective strategies to ensure educational success for Latino and English language learner (ELL) children and families. The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 38
Date created: 02/26/2015 - 13:26

Including English Learners in Your State Title I Accountability Plan

This brief accompanies the technical paper, Incorporating English Learner Progress into State Accountability Systems (Goldschmidt & Hakuta, 2017) and provides guidance to state teams about including ELs most effectively in their Title I accountability plan.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 12:47

Ohio Testing Report and Recommendations

In response to the Ohio Governor and General Assembly 2014 request, the Ohio Department of Education conducted a survey of the number of tests administered to students with the intended goal of reducing the amount of time that students spend on test taking and test preparation activities. The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 41
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:41

Identifying and Supporting English Learner Students with Learning Disabilities: Key Issues in the Literature and State Practice

From the publisher: "This review of research and policy literature distils several key elements of processes that can help identify and support English learner students with learning disabilities. It also describes current guidelines and protocols used by the 20 states with the largest populations...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 43
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:25

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