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. 

Major Provisions of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Related to the Education of English Learners

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) commissioned the Penn Hill Group to develop this resource that should benefit states as they begin implementation of ESSA. "The purpose of this document is to describe the major provisions of the recently enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 653
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 13:25

Resource Guide: Accountability for English Learners under the ESEA

With the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) comes updates to provisions in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act regarding school supports for English learner (EL) students. Under ESSA, states are required to more fully include ELs in school-level accountability systems to...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 386
Date created: 01/19/2017 - 14:17

Incorporating English Learner Progress into State Accountability Systems

This paper identifies key issues and questions for state decision makers to consider and explore with regard to how states should include English learners (ELs) in states' accountability systems under ESSA. The primary audience is anyone in a state agency engaged in making decisions about the state...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 119
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 12:49

Making the Grade: A 50-State Analysis of School Accountability Systems

This publication includes: an historical overview of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; a review of the requirements of the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act; a summary of the difference types of accountability systems used by states; and specific information about different state...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 60
Date created: 06/29/2016 - 16:42

Dear Colleague Letter - April 1, 2016

This letter is a response to calls from stakeholders across the educational system to provide clarification to the equity and excellence goals of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to protect the civil rights of students. The Department began the process of negotiated rulemaking in two areas...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 52
Date created: 04/01/2016 - 12:12

Including English Learners in Your State Title I Accountability Plan

This brief accompanies the technical paper, Incorporating English Learner Progress into State Accountability Systems (Goldschmidt & Hakuta, 2017) and provides guidance to state teams about including ELs most effectively in their Title I accountability plan.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 44
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 12:47

Ohio Testing Report and Recommendations

In response to the Ohio Governor and General Assembly 2014 request, the Ohio Department of Education conducted a survey of the number of tests administered to students with the intended goal of reducing the amount of time that students spend on test taking and test preparation activities. The...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 42
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:41

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

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