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. 

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

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

Based on the first negotiated rulemaking session in March 2016, this issue paper on the inclusion of English language learner (ELL) students in state assessments has been updated. In this draft regulatory language, there are provisions to ensure that the use of appropriate accommodations does not...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 28
Date created: 04/11/2016 - 11:37

Issue Paper 4b: State Administration of Alternate Assessments (Updated for Session 2)

Based on the first negotiated rulemaking session in March 2016, this issue paper regarding the state administration of alternate assessments has been updated. In this updated issue paper, there is draft regulatory language about regulations for states that anticipates exceeding the cap on alternate...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 23
Date created: 04/11/2016 - 11:18

Issue Paper 4a: Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Academic Assessments (Updated for Session 2)

Based on the first negotiated rulemaking session in March 2016, this issue paper on the inclusion of students with disabilities in state testing has been updated. The updated draft regulatory language includes assurance that states provide appropriate accommodations, and that the state does not...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 33
Date created: 04/11/2016 - 11:08

Scope of Issues to be Negotiated

In regards to the March 2016 negotiated rulemaking session, this document provides an overview of the topics that were to be discussed. In this session, the committee was tasked with discussing regulatory language regarding: supplemental assessments, computer-adaptive assessments, exceptions for...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 12
Date created: 04/11/2016 - 08:45

Dear Colleague Letter - April 1, 2016

This letter is a response to calls from stakeholders across the educational system to provide clarification to the equity and excellence goals of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to protect the civil rights of students. The Department began the process of negotiated rulemaking in two areas...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 52
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 12:12

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