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. 

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 5a: Inclusion of English Learners in Academic Assessments

This issue paper reiterates the requirement for English language learners (ELLs) to be included in state annual academic assessments, with appropriate accommodations provided. The paper also includes examples of states and assessment consortia that have offered assessments in other languages for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 24
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 13:47

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

Issue Paper 3: Locally Selected, Nationally Recognized High School Assesments

This issue paper discusses the flexibility ESSA provides in regards to statewide high school assessment. School districts will have the option to administer a "locally selected," "nationally recognized" high school assessment, provided the assessment has been approved by the state and peer review....

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 24
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 13:15

Issue Paper 2: The Exception for Advanced Mathematics Assessments in 8th Grade

This issue paper discusses potential flexibility for the mathematics assessment students take in grade 8. Under ESSA, students in grade 8 who are enrolled in an advanced mathematics course will have the option to take the corresponding end-of-course assessment, rather than the statewide grade 8...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 31
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 12:59

Issue Paper 1: Computer-Adaptive Tests

This issue paper describes computer-adaptive tests (CATs) and their potential uses, as well as concerns associated with CAT use. Included is draft regulatory language and CAT use questions that will be discussed by the negotiated rulemaking committee.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 12:50

Assessment Overview and Framework

This overview document outlines the six key assessment issues that the negotiated rulemaking committee members will discuss at the session. For each issue, the U.S. Department of Education has created an issue paper that includes statutory requirements, background information, and questions that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 12:34

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