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. 

Better Seeing What We Don’t See as We Teach

Students far too often say they understand something that they don’t, and teachers far too often accept their assurances as fact rather than fiction. In this brief article, Grant Wiggins draws from both researchers and his own classroom experiences to help teachers know if their students really...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 5
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:10

Common Core State Standards: Implementation Tools and Resources

The Council of Chief State School Officers developed this list of free tools and resources to support state education agencies, districts, and educators during the process of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This document primarily lists resources developed by CCSSO and other...

Number of views: 5
Date created: 03/10/2014 - 10:28

Test Security and Students with Disabilities: An Analysis of States’ 2013-14 Test Security Policies

This report describes how accommodated tests for students with disabilities, alternate assessments, and other related issues were addressed in states’ test security policies in 2013-2014. The researchers asked: (1) What information do states’ test security policies contain about students with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 10/10/2014 - 12:45

A Focused Look at Schools Receiving School Improvement Grants that Have Percentages of English Language Learner Students

This National Center for Education Evaluation (NCEE) brief focuses on 11 case study schools that that received federal funds through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program from 2010-11 to 2012-13. These schools had a high proportion of English Language Learner Students (ELLs).

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 05/23/2014 - 10:18

First Nations Schools Report Points to Education Gap

In this short article, CBC News summarizes an evaluation that found that Canada's First Nations' schools (native students on reserves) have lower quality teaching, an inferior curriculum, and fail to provide proper services for children with special needs, compared to other Canadian students. The...

Number of views: 7
Date created: 02/02/2015 - 14:39

WIDA - Top Posts from the First 18 Months

This is a blog from the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment organization. WIDA's goal is to advance academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for...

Number of views: 8
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:05

ELL Accommodations Training-Working with School Teams to Individualize ELL Accommodations Decisions

On February 27, 2014, the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) presented a train-the-trainer Webinar to provide district and school staff with guidance and resources to use when training teams of educators to individualize ELL...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 02/28/2014 - 12:10

Including students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in English language proficiency assessments: A review of state policies

This report from the National Center on Educational Outcomes addresses state participation and accommodation policies for English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments for English language learner (ELL) students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (HH). From the abstract: “Findings from this report...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 9
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 13:50

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