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. 

Instructional Practices for English Language Learners During Content Instruction

To support instructors as they support English learners in developing both English proficiency and content knowledge, CSAI developed this brief. This brief provides instructional suggestions for supporting English learners in the classroom, with suggestion for different academic disciplines.

Number of views: 44
Date created: 10/04/2019 - 12:09

High-Leverage Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

New college and career ready standards (CCRS) have established more rigorous expectations of learning for all learners, including EL students, than what was expected in previous standards. A common feature in these new content-area standards is their emphasis on students’ use of language to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 1,238
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 19:27

The Connection: Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five and WIDA Early English Language Development Standards

The WIDA Early English Language Development (E-ELD) Standards were developed to identify and support language acquisition for children at ages 2.5–5.5 years whose home languages include a language other than English. This resource provides guidance for using the WIDA E-ELD Standards and Framework...

Number of views: 56
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 16:08

Mathematical Thinking: Supports for English Language Learners

The resource offers 14 tasks that come from the Fostering Geometrical Thinking Toolkit (FGTT). Each task includes a warm up, sentence starters and frames, word charts, support notes, and Spanish translation. This resource places an important emphasis on supporting and scaffolding the development of...

Number of views: 42
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:48

English Learner Tool Kit for State and Local Education Agencies (SEAs and LEAs)

This toolkit was released in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) and the U.S.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 157
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:48

Better Tests, Fewer Barriers: Advances in Accessibility through PARCC and Smarter Balanced

As the title implies, this Center for American Progress publication provides an overview of the general movement toward increased accessibility for students with disabilities (SWDs) and English Language Learners (ELLs). The authors present statistics showing a substantial increase in the numbers of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 45
Date created: 02/29/2016 - 12:31

Statement from the Working Group on ELL Policy Re: Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

The Working Group on ELL Policy consists of experts who research effective educational policy and strategies for ELL students. The Working Group advocates four guiding principles for the inclusion of ELLs in federal legislation that affect state and local agencies:

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 175
Date created: 02/01/2016 - 18:54

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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