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 Principles and Guidelines for ELLs with Disabilities

Published by the National Center on Educational Outcomes, this document looks at improving the validity of assessment results for English language learners with disabilities. This report presents five core principles of valid assessments for this population of students, along with a brief rationale...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 35
Date created: 12/17/2013 - 10:22

Testing and Common Core

This article, published in American School magazine by the American School Board Journal, says that the goal of testing and assessment that will come with the Common Core is to encourage a more thoughtful approach to teaching and learning. The author says that that goal, however, is fraught with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 15
Date created: 12/17/2013 - 10:24

Achieve the Core

The Achieve the Core website, created by Student Achievement Partners, contains free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Developed in the spirit of collaboration, the website includes many tools designed to provide foundational...

Number of views: 22
Date created: 12/19/2013 - 09:26

Next Generation Standards Alignment of Digital Education Resources

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) launched a project in June 2012 in partnership with PARCC and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium – and in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers – to design and implement an approach to digitally encode...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 19
Date created: 01/03/2014 - 14:43

Standardized Testing and the Common Core Standards: You Get What You Pay For?

Assessment costs have always been a political football given the controversy surrounding standardized testing, and that has only intensified with the debate over Common Core. Concerns about the cost of the consortia’s tests likely stem in part from a sense of uncertainty because the consortia have...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 11
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 10:44

The Common Core and English Language Learners

How can we help English language learners successfully meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? This resource section offers ideas and materials including classroom videos, teacher interviews, and bilingual parent tips.

Number of views: 34
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 10:47

Webinar: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts: Shifts and Implications for ELA Instruction

On April 12, 2012, CCSSO hosted a webinar, supported by the Kansas EAG State Consortium project, titled "The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts: Shifts and Implications for ELA Instruction.” Presenters Meredith and David Liben, ELA instructional specialists and professional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 13
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 11:59

Assessing the Common Core, Comprehensive Assessment Systems and Students with Disabilities: Opportunities and Consequences

This presentation addresses many issues related to the CCSS and students with disabilities, including: accommodations, technical quality of assessment, formative assessment, item task design and development, technology-enhanced assessments, formative assessment, summative assessment models, interim...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:01