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. 

The Educator's Guide to Standards Insight: Common Core Standards Unpacked

This is a roadmap to finding the elements in the CCSS that apply to educators. It also includes a tool for schools and teams of teachers to work together to both understand the CCSS and develop curriculum and instruction aligned to the standards.

Number of views: 299
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:47

Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: An Overview of States’ Progress and Challenges

This report provides an overview of state efforts to implement the Common Core. It discusses state views of the rigor of the CCSS, their impact on learning, and necessary changes in curriculum and instruction; state timelines for teaching curricula aligned to the CCSS; state activities to implement...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 7
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:50

Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: State Education Agencies’ Views on the Federal Role

This report discusses how state education agencies view the federal role in assisting them with CCSS implementation and how a reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) could be shaped to better support state implementation efforts. Most responding state education officials did not...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 24
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:54

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Accommodations for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities: A Research-Based Decision Algorithm

In this paper, the authors discuss five major characteristics that an accommodation should have in order to be considered in the assessment of ELLs and SWDs: (1) Effectiveness, it must be effective in making assessments more accessible to the recipients; (2) Validity, it should not alter the focal...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 78
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:57

Early Language Development Standards

The purpose of the E-ELD standards is to provide a developmentally sound framework for instructing and assessing dual language learners, ages 2.5–5.5 years, which aligns with existing WIDA ELD Standards for Kindergarten through Grade 12 and corresponds to states’ Early Learning Standards. The E-ELD...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 127
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 12:01

Summary of Literature on Empirical Studies of the Validity and Effectiveness of Test Accommodations for ELLs: 2005–2012

The goal of this literature summary is to review studies of the validity and effectiveness of test accommodations for English language learners (ELLs) not included in the Pennock-Roman and Rivera (2011) meta-analysis of mean effects. The former meta-analysis included 14 studies through 2005. The...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 18
Date created: 10/29/2013 - 15:39

Literature Review of Testing Accommodations and Accessibility Tools for Students with Disabilities

Critical to the development of any assessment is the ability to make claims about what students know and can do. The purpose of this literature review is to summarize existing research on controversial and innovative accommodations (and accessibility tools) to inform policy decisions.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 40
Date created: 10/30/2013 - 13:16

Feature Issue on Educating K-12 English Language Learners with Disabilities

The available knowledge on how to effectively educate K-12 English language learners with disabilities, and measure their progress, is small but growing. However, many educators and families have pressing questions. How can educators distinguish between language-related needs and disability-related...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 22
Date created: 10/30/2013 - 13:24