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. 

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

Testing Reduction Report

This report provides a number of recommendations to address important assessment issues in New York state. These issues include: test anxiety, assessment quality, and too much testing. The authors recommend the release of more test questions, greater use of adaptive testing, additional guidance to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:26

Issue Paper 5b: Inclusion of English Learners in English Language Proficiency Assessments

This issue paper reiterates a requirement for states to provide an annual assessment of English language proficiency for all English language learners. Additionally, states must ensure there are long-term goals for increasing the percentage of students making progress towards English proficiency....

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 21
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 14:03

Issue Paper 4b: State Administration of Alternate Assessments

This issue paper discusses stipulations for a state to adopt alternate academic achievement standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Additionally, this paper describes the one percent limit placed on the number of students who can take an alternate assessment aligned...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 22
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 13:36

Issue Paper 4a: Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Academic Assessments

This issue paper describes a new requirement under ESSA stipulating that all assessments be developed with principles of universal design for learning, as allowable. The requirement for accommodations that facilitate student access to high-quality assessments is also reiterated. Included are...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 13:22

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: 44
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 12:31

Guide to Evaluating Assessments Using the CCSSO Criteria for High Quality Assessments: Focus on Test Content

Because the results from state assessments are often used for high stakes purposes, it is important that the assessments themselves are of high quality. In this publication, the authors propose a methodology for evaluating state assessments for summative purposes. They describe their methodology...

Number of views: 122
Date created: 02/24/2016 - 17:23

Statement from the Working Group on ELL Policy Re: Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

The Working Group on ELL Policy consists of experts who research effective educational policy and strategies for ELL students. The Working Group advocates four guiding principles for the inclusion of ELLs in federal legislation that affect state and local agencies:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 166
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:54