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. 

Making the Grade: A 50-State Analysis of School Accountability Systems

This publication includes: an historical overview of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; a review of the requirements of the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act; a summary of the difference types of accountability systems used by states; and specific information about different state...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 60
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:42

When Does Accountability Work?

In this study, the authors studied long-term effects of high-stakes testing in Texas, comparing high school student performance to college enrollment, college completion rates, and adult earnings. More specifically, they analyzed student outcomes between two types of schools: lower performing...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 30
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:09

Proposed Definition of Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities

This document provides draft regulatory language defining the term "students with the most significant cognitive disabilities." This definition applies to a child with a disability or disabilities (as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) that significantly impact intellectual...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 422
Date created: 05/03/2016 - 17:01

Purposes of the Rehabilitation Act

This document provides a brief overview of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is designed to empower and maximize opportunities for individuals with disabilities. As part of this act, states must ensure that alternate achievement standards are adopted for student with the most significant...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 16
Date created: 05/03/2016 - 16:55

Native American Developmental Disabilities Needs Assessment

The purpose of this study was to better understand the needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) with developmental disabilities (DD). A secondary goal was to improve and/or expand services. Methodology included a survey and interviews with representative AI/AN samples. 

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 53
Date created: 04/28/2016 - 13:04

Issue Paper 4b: State Administration of Alternate Assessments (Updated for Session 3)

This updated issue paper includes draft regulatory language requiring local education agencies to submit information that justifies any instance in which more than one percent of students must take an alternate assessment. This information must be publicly available and be submitted at least 90...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 14
Date created: 04/18/2016 - 12:05

Issue Paper 4a: Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Academic Assessments (Updated for Session 3)

This updated issue paper includes draft regulatory text that ensures that students with disabilities are assessed based on challenging state academic standards. Included in this updated issue paper are definitions for "student with the most significant cognitive disabilities" and "adaptive behavior...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 17
Date created: 04/18/2016 - 11:56

Issue Paper 5b: Inclusion of English Learners in English Language Proficiency Assessments (Updated for Session 2)

Based on the first negotiated rulemaking session in March 2016, this issue paper on the inclusion of English learners in English language proficiency assessments has been updated. In this updated draft regulatory language, states must develop a uniform statewide assessment of English language...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 23
Date created: 04/11/2016 - 11:46