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. 

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts: Guidance for School Districts

From the publisher: "The purpose of this document is to provide guidance and key questions to assist district and community leaders—superintendents, assessment and curriculum leads, teacher leaders, school board members, and local advocates—in ensuring that their district’s assessment inventory...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 76
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:02

Items in Action: Implementing Items in the Classroom - One State’s Perspective (NCSC Writing AA-AAS)

This resource describes Arizona's efforts to change educators' writing expectations and assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities (SWSCD). It describes an initial pilot study and successful expansion of teacher expectations and understanding of writing for their...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 17:50

Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Transitioning to CCSS-aligned Curriculum and Assessments for Students with Disabilities

This report by the Center on Education Policy (CEP) at The George Washington University describes the activities being undertaken by states to help districts, schools, and teachers prepare students with disabilities for the transition to CCSS-aligned curricula and assessments. 

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 43
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 17:49

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts: Considerations for Special Education Assessment Systems

From the Introduction: "This paper was developed to provide guidance and recommendations about how to include special education in a comprehensive assessment system and avoid concerns about too much testing for students with disabilities who receive special education services. First, it provides a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 87
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 17:45

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: 42
Date created: 08/05/2015 - 16:25

“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

Materials for Teachers

This website includes standard-aligned units, lessons, resources, tools for use in the formative assessment process, and "Dream Team" instructional guides for a range of subject areas and grade levels. Most of the materials in math and ELA are from outside sources but have been rated by Connecticut...

Number of views: 120
Date created: 07/28/2015 - 11:55

Parent Assessment Event Toolkit

The purpose of this PTA toolkit is to help answer parents' questions about new state assessments aligned to new college and career readiness standards. The toolkit includes a broad variety of resources, including information about PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments, assessment PowerPoint...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 38
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:12

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