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. 

Planned Language Approach (PLA) for Early Childhood Programs

The Planned Language Approach (PLA) is a research-based system of services within an early childhood program designed to ensure high-quality, effective language and literacy instruction for dual language learners (DLLs) and children who speak only English.  This website provides guides,...

Number of views: 370
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 15:45

Dual Language Learner Toolkit

Early childhood programs must be prepared to promote positive experiences and high-quality education for dual language learners by emphasizing students’ strengths and providing individualized learning supports. This toolkit is a collection of dozens of resources for educational agencies with step-...

Number of views: 125
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 13:57

Policy Statement on Supporting the Development of Children Who Are Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S.

Number of views: 81
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 13:51

Home Language for Success in School and Life

The Office of Head Start has authored a list of guiding principles for the education of dual language learners, and this presentation illustrates Multicultural Principle 6 which states: Effective programs for children who speak languages other than English require development of the first language...

Number of views: 42
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 13:44

Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments

The U. S. Department of Education issued this guidance "to provide State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, educators, and partner organizations with information to assist them in selecting and using 'evidence-based' activities, strategies, and interventions,...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 68
Date created: 09/16/2016 - 12:13

Helping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond

This report was written for educators and policymakers who are seeking ways to focus attention on the social and academic needs of newcomer adolescent students. Based on a three-year national research study funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, this report addresses the challenges and...

Number of views: 242
Date created: 09/13/2016 - 10:35

Supporting English Language Learners with Next-Gen Tools

This paper highlights existing technological tools that can be used to support instruction of English learners (EL). These tools fall into two categories: EL-specific products and the other communication and translation tools. The collection of technological tools highlighted in this paper was...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 38
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:49

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: 159
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:48

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