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. 

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: 39
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Putting the Pieces Together: Summary Report of the Invitational Research Symposium on Through-Course Summative Assessments

This report summarizes expert presentations and discussions about through-course summative assessments being developed by the two Common Core State Standards (CCSS) consortia. The presentations and discussions took place during the 2011 Invitational Research Symposium on Through-Course Summative...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 12
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Strength in Numbers: State Spending on K-12 Assessment Systems

This report and accompanying webinar explore the costs of assessment systems currently used in different states and the potential financial savings involved in using collaborative assessments such as those being developed by the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessment consortia.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 71
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

High Stakes Testing: Issues, Implications, and Remedies for English Language Learners

This article discusses the issues and implications of high-stakes tests on English language learner (ELL) students. Specifically, ELL students are increasingly included in high-stakes assessments connected to accountability efforts (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 [NCLB]), and thus it is...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 121
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Reinventing Assessment

This report argues that large-scale assessment has changed little over the last two decades, despite increased demands on testing. The report outlines what the demands are and might come to be and offers a glimpse into the future of the testing enterprise at different stages of change and...

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

Language Accommodations for English Language Learners in Large-Scale Assessments: Bilingual Dictionaries and Linguistic Modification

This study explores the effectiveness of bilingual dictionaries and linguistic modification on assessment measures. Such language accommodations are thought to help lower the achievement gap among students with language differences.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 50
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

Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners: Research-Based Recommendations for the Use of Accommodations in Large-Scale Assessments

This 2006 publication is the third in a series of three Practical Guidelines for the Education of English Language Learners publications. This publication addresses the increased awareness by schools, districts, and states of the academic needs and achievement of English language learner (ELL)...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 57
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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