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. 

WIDA Consortium Website on English Language Development (ELD) Standards

This website is a resource for the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium’s English Language Development (ELD) Standards. The WIDA ELD Standards are designed as a curriculum and instruction planning tool to assist educators in determining English language learner (ELL)...

Number of views: 130
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Road Ahead for State Assessments

This report includes three papers that address critical “next generation” issues in assessment policy that can help to guide the choices made about system design: computer adaptive assessments, assessment of English learners and assessing science. The common conclusion in all three papers is that...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 49
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: 36
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Evaluation of the Technical Evidence of Assessments for Special Student Populations

This report updates and extends the work presented in Technical Adequacy of Assessments for Alternate Student Populations (Rabinowitz & Sato, 2005). The evaluation is ongoing and is intended to inform developers and consumers of assessments for special student populations (English language...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 16
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards

This guide focuses on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), which formally began in June 2009 as a collaborative effort among nearly all U.S. states and territories. Forty-five states subsequently adopted the CCSS in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) and joined one of two...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

The Common Core State Standards: Supporting Districts and Teachers with Text Complexity

This resource includes a Council of Chief State School Officers webinar, report, and tools to help support districts and teachers in dealing with the issue of text complexity while adopting the Common Core State Standards in ELA. The report accompanying this resource, Measures of Text Difficulty:...

Number of views: 20
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: 59
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