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. 

Meeting the Needs of American Indian/Native American Students

This publication was based on a request from the Minnesota Department of Education for information on best practices for closing American Indian students' achievement gap. Following an established Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest research protocol, the REL Midwest conducted a search...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 257
Date created: 11/26/2014 - 09:02

Montana American Indian Student Achievement Data Report Fall 2014

The purpose of this report is to track the American Indian achievement gap in Montana and provide data on the Montana American Indian student population. In 2013, criterion referenced test (CRT) results were generally lower across the board for AI students, showing that after increasing for each of...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 39
Date created: 11/25/2014 - 10:34

Summer Residential Program Experiences as Perceived by Gifted Diné Youth

This qualitative study examines the experiences and perceptions of ten gifted Diné (Navajo) students from low-income families who received full scholarships to attend a university-based summer residential program. The effects of the residential enrichment program on these students is explored....

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 38
Date created: 11/25/2014 - 09:49

Gifted Native American Students—Overlooked and Underserved: A Long-Overdue Call for Research and Action

The researchers in this article conducted a comprehensive review of the literature on gifted Native Americans. Using focus groups from three American Indian tribes, assumptions about Native American students were reviewed and addressed with regard to identifying and serving gifted Native American...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 246
Date created: 11/25/2014 - 09:02

Field Ecology in a Cultural Context

The authors of this article describe their development of  a module that integrates modern ecological theory within an American Indian (AI) cultural framework. In the weeklong field study course in Hot Springs, South Dakota, Lakota Sioux high school students explore woodpecker habitat selection and...

Number of views: 53
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 12:03

Against All Odds: Reversing Low Achievement of One School's Native American Students

This article is about Lapwai Elementary School, located on the Nez Perce Reservation in northern Idaho, which serves a K–6 population of 302 students, 84 percent of whom are Native American, and its success in raising student achievement. The article discusses the steps and initiatives that...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 135
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 12:00

Advanced Placement Courses and American Indian Performance

This article’s authors analyzed enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and performance on AP examinations for American Indian (AI) students in the United States in 2007. AP examination scores, overall and for five AP courses, of AI students are compared to the AP examination scores of white...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 51
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 11:55

What Cognitive Benefits Does an Activity-Based Reading Strategy Afford Young Native American Readers?

This study describes two experiments that are conducted with children from a reservation community. In Experiment 1, 45 third-grade children are randomly assigned to the following reading strategies: (a) “reread,” in which participants read each sentence of a story and then reread it; (b) “observe...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 51
Date created: 10/06/2014 - 11:42

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