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. 

Let’s Continue this Conversation: How to Turn New Stakeholder Connections into Long-Term Relationships

This guide is intended to help states assess the engagement strategies used during the ESSA development stage, identify the ones to sustain or refine, and develop a long-term plan that will continue to create opportunities for stakeholders to be heard on this and other education issues.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 01/12/2018 - 09:10

Check State Plans

The interactive Check State Plans website allows users to review the first 17 submitted state plans and see what education experts identify as strengths and weaknesses in each plan. The site also presents 9 important elements included in the plans (e.g., goals, standards and assessment, continuous...

Number of views: 118
Date created: 09/20/2017 - 16:34

Consolidated State Plans Webinar

On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education hosted a webinar to discuss requirements for consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act. In this webinar, the U.S. Department of Education provides insights from states that submitted their state plans during the spring window....

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 16
Date created: 08/08/2017 - 13:45

Dear Colleague Letter on Per-Pupil Expenditures - June 28, 2017

The U.S. Department of Education released this letter to inform state and local education agencies that an additional year will be granted to implement per-pupil expenditure information on annual report cards. Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 11
Date created: 07/14/2017 - 15:54

Frequently Asked Questions - ESSA Consolidated State Plan

On June 16, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education released a brief guide containing questions pertaining to the review of state consolidated plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act. This document provides information on the type of feedback states will receive in regards to submitted...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 12
Date created: 07/14/2017 - 15:15

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: 77
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 14:01

Major Provisions of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Related to the Education of English Learners

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) commissioned the Penn Hill Group to develop this resource that should benefit states as they begin implementation of ESSA. "The purpose of this document is to describe the major provisions of the recently enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 449
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 13:25

Leveraging ESSA: Policy Opportunities for English Learners in Illinois

The purpose of this resource is to inform English learner (EL) advocates and families to understand the opportunities within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that can support a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning for ELs. The analysis presented in the resource can also be used as a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 13:01

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