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. 

Test Security and Students with Disabilities: An Analysis of States’ 2013-14 Test Security Policies

This report describes how accommodated tests for students with disabilities, alternate assessments, and other related issues were addressed in states’ test security policies in 2013-2014. The researchers asked: (1) What information do states’ test security policies contain about students with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 10/10/2014 - 12:45

Peer Review of State Assessment Systems Outcomes Report

CSAI reviewed the decision letters sent to states regarding peer review of state assessment systems. Based on this review, CSAI developed reports to summarize the kind of feedback states were given, including identification of the Critical Elements that states need to submit additional evidence for...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 8
Date created: 10/04/2019 - 12:08

WIDA - Top Posts from the First 18 Months

This is a blog from the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment organization. WIDA's goal is to advance academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for...

Number of views: 8
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:05

ELL Accommodations Training-Working with School Teams to Individualize ELL Accommodations Decisions

On February 27, 2014, the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) presented a train-the-trainer Webinar to provide district and school staff with guidance and resources to use when training teams of educators to individualize ELL...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 02/28/2014 - 12:10

Including students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in English language proficiency assessments: A review of state policies

This report from the National Center on Educational Outcomes addresses state participation and accommodation policies for English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments for English language learner (ELL) students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (HH). From the abstract: “Findings from this report...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 9
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 13:50

Applying Universal Design to the Common Core

The topic for this segment of Bam! Radio (an all-education radio network that offers programming from top education organizations and leaders) is about Universal Design. Guest Dr. Katie Novak (Title I Director, ELL Director, and Reading coordinator in Chelmsford Public Schools) discusses teacher...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:11

States’ Flexibility Waiver Plans for Alternate Assessments Based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS)

This report compiles, analyzes, and summarizes states’ waiver applications for flexibility from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requirements regarding alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS). The report analyzed states’ ESEA waiver applications that...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 12
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:02

Including students who are blind or visually impaired in English language proficiency assessments: A review of state policies

This report, from the National Center on Educational Outcomes, focuses on state participation and accommodation policies for English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments for English language learner (ELL) students who are blind or visually impaired (VI). From the abstract: “NCEO staff found that...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 12
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 14:01

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