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. 

English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives

From the website: "English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives examines the research on English learners (ELs)’ learning, teaching, and assessment in STEM subjects and provides guidance on how to improve learning outcomes in STEM for these students. This report...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 162
Date created: 12/21/2018 - 13:36

Supporting Formative Assessment for Deeper Learning: A Primer for Policymakers

This primer argues that effective formative assessment is essential to successfully implementing new college- and career-ready standards. It explains what formative assessment is, how it works in practice, and why it is critically important in fostering powerful pedagogy and 21st-century...

Number of views: 113
Date created: 01/18/2017 - 11:20

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

When Does Accountability Work?

In this study, the authors studied long-term effects of high-stakes testing in Texas, comparing high school student performance to college enrollment, college completion rates, and adult earnings. More specifically, they analyzed student outcomes between two types of schools: lower performing...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 30
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:09

Issue Paper 5b: Inclusion of English Learners in English Language Proficiency Assessments (Updated for Session 3)

This updated issue paper includes draft regulatory language that ensures a state's English language proficiency assessment provides coherent and timely information to parents about student performance.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 25
Date created: 04/18/2016 - 12:17

Issue Paper 4b: State Administration of Alternate Assessments (Updated for Session 3)

This updated issue paper includes draft regulatory language requiring local education agencies to submit information that justifies any instance in which more than one percent of students must take an alternate assessment. This information must be publicly available and be submitted at least 90...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 14
Date created: 04/18/2016 - 12:05

Issue Paper 4a: Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Academic Assessments (Updated for Session 3)

This updated issue paper includes draft regulatory text that ensures that students with disabilities are assessed based on challenging state academic standards. Included in this updated issue paper are definitions for "student with the most significant cognitive disabilities" and "adaptive behavior...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 17
Date created: 04/18/2016 - 11:56

Issue Paper 5b: Inclusion of English Learners in English Language Proficiency Assessments (Updated for Session 2)

Based on the first negotiated rulemaking session in March 2016, this issue paper on the inclusion of English learners in English language proficiency assessments has been updated. In this updated draft regulatory language, states must develop a uniform statewide assessment of English language...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 23
Date created: 04/11/2016 - 11:46

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