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. 

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: General Accessibility Guidelines

This document presents general accessibility guidelines that item writers and item reviewers must follow when developing items and tasks for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced). The guidelines combine the best practices that guided the development of paper-based tests for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 16
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Technical Adequacy of Assessments for Alternate Student Populations: Guidelines for Consumers and Developers

These guidelines are designed to assist developers and consumers of assessments for English language learner (ELL) students specifically and for special student populations in general. The guidelines are intended to help evaluate the technical adequacy (i.e., validity, reliability, freedom from...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

WIDA Consortium Website on English Language Development (ELD) Standards

This website is a resource for the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium’s English Language Development (ELD) Standards. The WIDA ELD Standards are designed as a curriculum and instruction planning tool to assist educators in determining English language learner (ELL)...

Number of views: 127
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Draft Framework for High-Quality English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and Assessments

The draft Framework for High Quality English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and Assessments was developed in response to requests from states for assistance from the U.S. Department of Education on how to evaluate the technical quality of their ELP standards and assessments.

Number of views: 19
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

A State Guide to the Development of Universally Designed Assessments

The purpose of this guide is to provide states with strategies for developing universally designed assessments, including conceptualization and item construction; field testing; item reviews; statewide operation; and evaluation. Universal design for assessments is an approach to educational...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 56
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards

This guide focuses on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), which formally began in June 2009 as a collaborative effort among nearly all U.S. states and territories. Forty-five states subsequently adopted the CCSS in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) and joined one of two...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

A Summary of the Research on the Effects of Test Accommodations: 2005–2006

This report provides an update on testing accommodations research, with a focus on the effect of accommodations on students with disabilities (SWDs). The primary purpose of the research featured in this review is to evaluate the comparability of test scores when assessments are administered with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 48
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Education Week: Spotlight on Assessment Website

The Education Week Spotlight on Assessment is a collection of articles hand-picked by Education Week editors including the following topics: classroom evidence of learning, formative assessment, computer-adaptive testing, the promises and challenges of open-ended test items, and the debate over...

Number of views: 26
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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