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. 

When Does Accountability Work?

In this study, the authors studied long-term effects of high-stakes testing in Texas, comparing high school student performance to college enrollment, college completion rates, and adult earnings. More specifically, they analyzed student outcomes between two types of schools: lower performing...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 30
Date created: 05/31/2016 - 13:09

Dear Colleague Letter on Homeless Student Rights and Protections—July 27, 2016

In this Dear Colleague letter, Secretary King provides a brief overview of the McKinney-Vento Act, which ensures that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education. The letter also provides information on the changes made to the McKinney-Vento Act as a...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 30
Date created: 07/27/2016 - 09:27

Fact Sheet: Congress Acts to Fix No Child Left Behind

This brief article introduces the Every Student Succeeds Act and the following principles for school reform:  College and Career-Ready Standards Rigorous Accountability for All Students  Reform and Resources for Struggling Schools and Students New Incentives to Improve Opportunities and Outcomes...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 30
Date created: 09/02/2016 - 15:55

Issue Paper 5a: Inclusion of English Language Learners in Academic Assessments (Updated for Session 2)

Based on the first negotiated rulemaking session in March 2016, this issue paper on the inclusion of English language learner (ELL) students in state assessments has been updated. In this draft regulatory language, there are provisions to ensure that the use of appropriate accommodations does not...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 29
Date created: 04/11/2016 - 11:37

Fact Sheet: Supplement-not-Supplant under Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act

On August 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) released proposed regulations for the Title I requirement of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, revised by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This overview provides an overview of the "supplement-not-supplant" provision that...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 28
Date created: 09/02/2016 - 15:13

Issue Paper 3: Locally Selected, Nationally Recognized High School Assessments (Updated for Session 2)

Based on the first negotiated rulemaking session in March 2016, this issue paper provides updated draft regulatory language regarding the use of locally selected, nationally recognized assessments for state testing of high school students. This updated version includes draft regulatory language...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 28
Date created: 04/11/2016 - 10:56

Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care: Best Interest Determinations and Immediate Enrollment (PowerPoint Presentation)

This powerpoint provides an overview of the federal framework ensuring stability for students in foster care and the Every Student Succeeds Act provisions related to best interest determinations and immediate enrollment. For students in foster care, if it is not in a student's best interest to...

Number of views: 27
Date created: 12/15/2016 - 16:22

U.S. Education Department Approves Extension of New Hampshire's Competency-Based Assessment Pilot

In this release, the U.S. Department of Education shared news of New Hampshire receiving a one-year extension of the state's competency-based assessment pilot. This extension will include a total of nine districts across the state.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 27
Date created: 10/07/2016 - 09:54

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