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. 

Summary of Literature on Empirical Studies of the Validity and Effectiveness of Test Accommodations for ELLs: 2005–2012

The goal of this literature summary is to review studies of the validity and effectiveness of test accommodations for English language learners (ELLs) not included in the Pennock-Roman and Rivera (2011) meta-analysis of mean effects. The former meta-analysis included 14 studies through 2005. The...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 18
Date created: 10/29/2013 - 15:39

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Accommodations for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities: A Research-Based Decision Algorithm

In this paper, the authors discuss five major characteristics that an accommodation should have in order to be considered in the assessment of ELLs and SWDs: (1) Effectiveness, it must be effective in making assessments more accessible to the recipients; (2) Validity, it should not alter the focal...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 78
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:57

Accommodation Policies for States’ Alternate Assessments Based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS) (Synthesis Report 90)

Since 1992, the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) has analyzed participation and accommodation policies for students with disabilities on state administered assessments. This report focuses on accommodation policies for alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 19
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:18

Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities (3rd ed.)

The Council of Chief State School Officers’ Accommodations Manual: How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate the Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities was first developed to establish guidelines for states to use for the selection, administration, and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:15

NCEO e-Newsletter

This is the first issue of the National Center on Educational Outcomes e-newsletter. In this issue, NCEO highlights the whirlwind of changes that we are all experiencing – the CCSS, the assessment consortia, shifting assessment policies, flexibility waivers, and more – and how they all relate to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 20
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:10

States’ Flexibility Plans for Phasing Out the Alternate Assessment Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS) by 2014–15

Some states have an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS). The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) allows up to two percent of students to be deemed proficient with this assessment option. Students who participate in an AA-MAS must have an individualized...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 19
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 16:00

Issues in the Development of Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) for WIDA Consortium States

This Research Brief summarizes a study conducted by the Wisconsin Center for Education Research examining Annual Measureable Achievement Objectives criteria. It provides guidance to WIDA consortium states on setting AMAOs, focusing on AMAO 1 and 2. This research draws much of its direction from...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 24
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:06

ASSETS (Assessment Services Supporting ELs through Technology Systems) Website

ASSETS is a 35-state consortium, building on the work of the WIDA Consortium, to create the next generation of English Language Proficiency tests. The Consortium's work is supported through a federal Enhanced Assessment Grant (EAG) with plans for full operationalization of the new assessment system...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 16
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:00

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