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. 

Voices from the Field: Making State Assessment Decisions for English Language Learners with Disabilities

This report describes current assessment and accommodation decision-making processes, test score use practices, and issues and challenges educators face in making appropriate decisions for ELLs with disabilities. Findings are based on online focus groups of 232 school and district practitioners in...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 20
Date created: 04/11/2014 - 13:35

Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities: Ensuring Meaningful Diplomas for All Students

This policy brief was developed through a partnership with the National Center on Educational Outcomes at the University of Minnesota and Achieve to provide guidance to state education policy leaders to help ensure that students with disabilities leave school with meaningful diplomas.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 19
Date created: 04/07/2014 - 09:42

Learning Modules on ELLs with Disabilities

The National Center on Educational Outcomes recently launched a set of online learning modules designed to help educators look at important issues surrounding students who are English language learners (ELLs) with disabilities. Access to the modules and their content is free and open to all...

Number of views: 19
Date created: 04/07/2014 - 09:38

Common Core State Standards and Diverse Urban Students: Using Multi-tiered Systems of Support

This publication says that “implementing the Common Core State Standards within a framework of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) will help ensure that all students have an evidence-based system of instruction to assist them in achieving success.” Using performance data and monitoring...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 47
Date created: 02/11/2014 - 11:52

No Child Left Behind: Determining Appropriate Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

The purpose of this parent brief from the National Center for Learning Disabilities is to help parents of students with disabilities work with their schools in making informed and helpful assessment accommodations decisions. The brief explains the differences between accommodations and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 57
Date created: 02/11/2014 - 11:38

Fewer, Clearer, Higher Common Core State Standards: Implications for Students Receiving Special Education Services

The goal of the Common Core State Standards is to focus on the knowledge and skills needed by all students so they can be successful in college and careers, including students receiving special services. This publication illustrates five key elements from the International Center’s Special...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 296
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:03

Assessing the Common Core, Comprehensive Assessment Systems and Students with Disabilities: Opportunities and Consequences

This presentation addresses many issues related to the CCSS and students with disabilities, including: accommodations, technical quality of assessment, formative assessment, item task design and development, technology-enhanced assessments, formative assessment, summative assessment models, interim...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:01

Council for Exceptional Children Policy Insider Blog

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) offers the Policy Insider as a regularly updated blog, a complement to the weekly CEC digest which provides special and gifted education policy news. The CEC Policy Insider digest, which comes via e-mail every Wednesday, is a round-up of stories from the...

Type: Service
Number of views: 14
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 10:42