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. 

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: 108
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 12:49

Literature Review Related to Assessment and Accountability Provisions Relevant to English Learners

This literature review summarizes the theoretical and research literature related to the characteristics of coherent, valid, reliable, and fair assessment systems that are aligned to English language proficiency (ELP) standards and accessible to all English learner (EL) groups.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 93
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 14:01

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

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: 39
Date created: 03/31/2016 - 18:41

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: 39
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 12:47

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

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: 28
Date created: 06/30/2017 - 13:01