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. 

Literature Review Related to Assessment and Accountability Provisions Relevant to English Learners

This literature review summarizes the theoretical and research literature related to the characteristics of coherent, valid, reliable, and fair assessment systems that are aligned to English language proficiency (ELP) standards and accessible to all English learner (EL) groups.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 93
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 14:01

Early Literacy Instruction in Dual Language Preschools (Spanish/English)

This resource provides an overview of effective, research-based instructional models for preschools teaching Spanish and English. The author provides a brief summary of recent research, guidelines for instruction, and specific details about the similarities and differences of Spanish and English to...

Number of views: 54
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 15:58

Examining the Use of Language and Literacy Assessments With Young Dual Language Learners

As states and local agencies strive to serve the language and learning needs of dual language learners (DLLs), they may have difficulty since little is known about effective assessment practices for young DLLs. To gain accurate and useful information about DLLs, agencies must first have a procedure...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 65
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 15:35

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

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 5a: Inclusion of English Language Learners in Academic Assessments (Updated for Session 2)

Based on the first negotiated rulemaking session in March 2016, this issue paper on the inclusion of English language learner (ELL) students in state assessments has been updated. In this draft regulatory language, there are provisions to ensure that the use of appropriate accommodations does not...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 29
Date created: 04/11/2016 - 11:37

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

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: 36
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:48

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