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: 47
Date created: 10/04/2019 - 12:09

English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives

From the website: "English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives examines the research on English learners (ELs)’ learning, teaching, and assessment in STEM subjects and provides guidance on how to improve learning outcomes in STEM for these students. This report...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 176
Date created: 12/21/2018 - 13:36

Leveraging ESSA: Policy Opportunities for English Learners in Illinois

The purpose of this resource is to inform English learner (EL) advocates and families to understand the opportunities within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that can support a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning for ELs. The analysis presented in the resource can also be used as a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 28
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 13:01

Discerning — and Fostering — What English Learners Can Do With Language: Guidance on Gathering and Interpreting Complementary Evidence of Classroom Language Uses for Reclassification Decisions

The resource describes classroom-based evidence of English learners' (ELs') language use to complement standardized, large-scale, summative English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments. The authors explore systems of collecting evidence about EL's classroom-based language uses that can inform...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 67
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 12:45

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: 1,240
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 19:27

The Two-Way Immersion Toolkit

This resource provides extensive, detailed information on how to implement and maintain a two-way immersion or dual language program. The authors provide insight and guidance on choosing instructional models, creating lesson plans, and facilitating parent involvement. This resource is applicable to...

Number of views: 80
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 16:18

Two-Way Immersion 101: Designing and Implementing a Two-Way Immersion Education Program at the Elementary Level

This resource provides an in-depth discussion of the critical features of a two-way immersion program at the elementary level. The authors provide an overview of key issues in program planning and fundamental considerations for program success, including instructional strategies, variable program...

Number of views: 90
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 16:13

Classroom Language Models: A Leader’s Implementation Manual

This resource provides detailed guidance on implementing four early childhood classroom language models: (1) English with Home Language Support, (2) Dual Language, (3) Home Language as a Foundation for English Development, and (4) English. Suggestions are offered on how to provide effective...

Number of views: 179
Date created: 09/29/2016 - 16:02

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