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. 

Literature Review Related to Assessment and Accountability Provisions Relevant to English Learners

This literature review summarizes the theoretical and research literature related to the characteristics of coherent, valid, reliable, and fair assessment systems that are aligned to English language proficiency (ELP) standards and accessible to all English learner (EL) groups.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 80
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 14:01

Newcomer Tool Kit

This tool kit is designed to support educators and school staff in implementing and improving programs for immigrant students, including asylees, refugees, and their families. The stated goals of this resource are to help teachers, school leaders, and school site personnel expand opportunities for...

Number of views: 689
Date created: 10/11/2016 - 12:19

"Welcome Kit" for New ELLs

This article is written from an educator’s perspective and provides practical suggestions, and additional resource links, for creating materials to welcome newcomer English learner students into school settings. Included is a checklist of materials and resources to include in a welcome kit, as well...

Number of views: 461
Date created: 10/11/2016 - 11:47

Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners: Research-Based Recommendations for Serving Adolescent Newcomers

Meeting the complex needs of newcomer adolescent students is not simple and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. This report describes the research on newcomer programs and provides evidence-based recommendations for addressing the challenges of program implementation. The authors provide...

Number of views: 196
Date created: 10/11/2016 - 09:14

Refugee Children in U.S. Schools: A Toolkit for Teachers and School Personnel

This collection of resources is for schools and educators seeking to support refugee students, who are often newcomer English learners, in the areas of child welfare, parent involvement, social integration, and other topics specifically connected to refugees. The stated purposes of this toolkit are...

Number of views: 86
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:36

How to Support Refugee Students in the ELL Classroom

This article provides information about key differences between immigrant and refugee children, and outlines areas of challenge faced by refugees that can be addressed by schools. The article is followed by a list of practical, web-based resources for educators and administrators seeking to support...

Number of views: 124
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:34

How to Support ELL Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFEs)

This article is written to inform educators about the challenges and unique needs of students with interrupted formal education, a group which can also include newcomer English learners.  The authors define the population of students with interrupted formal education, discuss what makes these...

Number of views: 301
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:30

Helping Newcomers Succeed Through Effective Programs and Practices

For teachers and newcomer program leaders who are designing and implementing newcomer programs, this video and accompanying materials offer the most current guidance on program development including program design options, support services needed, and thinking around determinations of entrance and...

Number of views: 237
Date created: 09/30/2016 - 12:28

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