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. 

Promises and Cautions Regarding Using Response to Intervention With English Language Learners

This article focuses on issues regarding the use of response to intervention (RTI) with English language learner (ELL) students. The article examines and highlights key points from current literature about reading instruction, ELL students, RTI, and students with learning disabilities. The article...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 47
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Mind-Sets and Equitable Education

This article identifies two mind-sets about students’ intelligence; that is, either intelligence is static, or intelligence can grow. This article states: “Only in growth mind-set cultures, where teachers and administrators are encouraged to fulfill their potential, will they be able to help their...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 286
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

A Summary of the Research on the Effects of Test Accommodations: 2005–2006

This report provides an update on testing accommodations research, with a focus on the effect of accommodations on students with disabilities (SWDs). The primary purpose of the research featured in this review is to evaluate the comparability of test scores when assessments are administered with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 51
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Achieving with Data: How High-performing School Systems use Data to Improve Instruction for Elementary Students

This report is the second in a three-part research effort to investigate the prevalence of performance-driven practices in urban school districts across the country. The study captures the details of data-driven instructional decision making at the classroom, school, and system levels in two urban...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 2,216
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Alternate Assessments for Special Education Students in the Southwest Region States

This study reviews and summarizes alternate assessment policies and practices—and their implementation and impact—for the most significantly cognitively disabled students, across the five states in the Southwest Region. The states’ alternate assessments address the U.S. Department of Education’s...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 35
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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: 58
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

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