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. 

Test Security and Students with Disabilities: An Analysis of States’ 2013-14 Test Security Policies

This report describes how accommodated tests for students with disabilities, alternate assessments, and other related issues were addressed in states’ test security policies in 2013-2014. The researchers asked: (1) What information do states’ test security policies contain about students with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 10/10/2014 - 12:45

Common Core State Standards and Implications for Special Populations

This policy brief explores the potential impact of the implementation of Common Core State Standards on students with disabilities, Native American students, and English language learners, and gives examples of implementation targeting these populations, followed by recommendations and questions...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 186
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 09:55

State Implementation of Common Core State Standards: Timeline and Approach to Standards and Assessments

The Southern Regional Education Board is conducting a multi-year study of how 14 states are implementing the Common Core State Standards. The topic of this report (one of the six benchmarking reports on CCSS implementation progress in 14 states) is Timeline and Approach to Standards and Assessments...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 23
Date created: 09/18/2014 - 11:38

Common Core Implementation Checklist for Principals

NAESP has developed this checklist to help principals determine the bodies of knowledge and skill sets they will need to prepare in order to lead their schools into using the new standards. This checklist is meant to serve as an information guide on some of the most critical steps to complete in...

Number of views: 83
Date created: 09/18/2014 - 11:32

Opportunity to Learn: A Key Access and Validity Issue of Academic Assessments for Students with Disabilities

This research brief from the National Center on Assessment and Accountability for Special Education (NCAASE) provides an overview of the construct of opportunity-to-learn (OTL) and how it is being measured in a NCAASE study on OTL and student growth. The NCAASE study was designed to describe OTL...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 24
Date created: 08/14/2014 - 10:15

Successfully Transitioning Away from the 2% Assessment: Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ highlights questions raised during a February 2014 planning meeting with States and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, focusing on the requirements for states that are phasing out their alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 14
Date created: 07/31/2014 - 11:28

Challenges in Evaluating Special Education Teachers and English Language Learner Specialists

The National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, with support from the Council for Exceptional Children, conducted a study with administrators and state and district directors of special education on policies and practices the evaluation of special education teachers and English language...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 27
Date created: 07/10/2014 - 11:01

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessment for the Common Core State Standards

This newly updated and final edition of Coming together to Raise Achievement provides consortia-approved summaries of the ongoing work of all the assessment consortia: comprehensive assessment (PARCC and Smarter Balanced), alternative assessment (DLM and NCSC), and English language proficiency...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 06/09/2014 - 12:12

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