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. 

Rulemaking Under ESEA, as Amended by ESSA: An Overview (PowerPoint Presentation)

This presentation provides a broad overview of the negotiated rulemaking process and how it will operate under ESSA. The presentation content describes negotiated rulemaking and its outcomes under ESEA, as well as ESSA amendments to the process.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 28
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 11:35

Leveraging ESSA: Policy Opportunities for English Learners in Illinois

The purpose of this resource is to inform English learner (EL) advocates and families to understand the opportunities within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that can support a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning for ELs. The analysis presented in the resource can also be used as a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 27
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 13:01

The Negotiated Rulemaking Process for the Every Student Succeeds Act—Frequently Asked Questions

In this document, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) provides an overview of the negotiated rulemaking process, during which USED works with constituent representatives in developing proposed regulations. Under ESSA, negotiated rulemaking must be undertaken to develop proposed regulations...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 11:12

Revised State Template for the Consolidated State Plan: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act

On March 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education released an updated Every Student Succeeds Act consolidated state plan template, accompanied by the following press release:  "In a letter delivered today to chief state school officers, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provided clarity on...

Number of views: 26
Date created: 03/16/2017 - 11:09

Issue Paper 1: Computer-Adaptive Tests (Updated for Session 2)

Based on discussion from the first negotiated rulemaking committee session, this paper provides updated suggested regulatory language regarding computer-adaptive testing. This updated language provides suggestion regulations that ensure requirements for content standards and alternate assessments...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 26
Date created: 04/11/2016 - 09:28

Dear Colleague Letter on Foster Care Guidance—June 23, 2016

In this letter, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services draw attention to the Title I foster care provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Local education agencies must develop collaborative procedures with state...

Number of views: 26
Date created: 06/24/2016 - 09:49

Issue Paper 3: Locally Selected, Nationally Recognized High School Assesments

This issue paper discusses the flexibility ESSA provides in regards to statewide high school assessment. School districts will have the option to administer a "locally selected," "nationally recognized" high school assessment, provided the assessment has been approved by the state and peer review....

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 13:15

Issue Paper 4a: Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Academic Assessments

This issue paper describes a new requirement under ESSA stipulating that all assessments be developed with principles of universal design for learning, as allowable. The requirement for accommodations that facilitate student access to high-quality assessments is also reiterated. Included are...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 25
Date created: 03/10/2016 - 13:22

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