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. 

Assessment in Early Childhood: Instruction-Focused Strategies to Support Response-to-Intervention Frameworks

This article provides a brief review of select early childhood (EC) assessment tools that demonstrate instructional validity. The article suggests methods to strengthen the instructional and intervention validity of EC assessments in the response-to-intervention frameworks context. The article...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 56
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Framework for High-Quality English Language Proficiency Standards and Assessments

This framework, its accompanying brief, and the one-page overview of criteria were conceived as critical tools for states to use in their efforts to ensure that their English language learner (ELL) students achieve English language proficiency (ELP) at high levels academically. Building on the best...

Number of views: 28
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Performance-based Assessment: An International Perspective (video file)

This 2008 presentation addresses international practices of performance-based assessment and how these practices compare with assessments in the United States.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Conversations with Practitioners: Current Practice in Statewide RTI Implementation. Recommendations and Frequently Asked Questions

This publication focuses on key ideas and recommendations for effective Response to Intervention (RTI) programs. The publication serves as a reference for information about RTI programs. RTI is an area of focus for the U.S. Department of Education–funded Center on Instruction. The Center on...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 37
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Guidelines for Ensuring the Technical Quality of Assessments Affecting English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities: Development and Implementation of Regulations

These guidelines provide research-based information on key issues relevant to the technical quality of assessments for English language learner (ELL) students and students with disabilities (SWDs). The guidelines will be updated periodically to incorporate new information and research.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 43
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Similar Students, Different Results: Why Do Some Schools Do Better?

This report summarizes a study that addresses the question: “What accounts for the difference in [Academic Performance Index] API performance among schools that serve similar students?” The study focused on similar schools in a sample of California school districts.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 13
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Has Progress Been Made in Raising Achievement for English Language Learners?

This report examines the progress in raising achievement for English language learner (ELL) students, and it describes the factors that make it difficult to accurately assess what ELL students know and can do. The Center on Education Policy, an independent nonprofit organization, with technical...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 31
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Technical Adequacy of Assessments for Alternate Student Populations: Guidelines for Consumers and Developers

These guidelines are designed to assist developers and consumers of assessments for English language learner (ELL) students specifically and for special student populations in general. The guidelines are intended to help evaluate the technical adequacy (i.e., validity, reliability, freedom from...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 26
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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