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. 

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education: Overcoming Gaps in Provincially Funded Schools

This report examines the programs and resources to support Aboriginal (i.e., indigenous student) education in provincially funded schools in Ontario, Canada, with a particular focus on schools with a high proportion of Aboriginal students. The report describes and illustrates achievement gaps...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 15
Date created: 12/30/2014 - 09:46

ASSETS (Assessment Services Supporting ELs through Technology Systems) Website

ASSETS is a 35-state consortium, building on the work of the WIDA Consortium, to create the next generation of English Language Proficiency tests. The Consortium's work is supported through a federal Enhanced Assessment Grant (EAG) with plans for full operationalization of the new assessment system...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 16
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:00

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: General Accessibility Guidelines

This document presents general accessibility guidelines that item writers and item reviewers must follow when developing items and tasks for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced). The guidelines combine the best practices that guided the development of paper-based tests for...

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

CAST UDL Book Builder

This is a free online tool to create and/or work interactively with students to create books. It also offers strategies to teachers on how to best use the tool.

Number of views: 16
Date created: 07/30/2014 - 10:22

Purposes of the Rehabilitation Act

This document provides a brief overview of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is designed to empower and maximize opportunities for individuals with disabilities. As part of this act, states must ensure that alternate achievement standards are adopted for student with the most significant...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 16
Date created: 05/03/2016 - 16:55

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

The Behavioralist Goes to School: Leveraging Behavioral Economics to Improve Educational Performance

This research examines the effects of both financial and non-financial rewards on student test scores, with important implications for high stakes tests. Through a series of field experiments involving thousands of primary and secondary school students, the researchers found substantial incentive...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 16
Date created: 12/18/2013 - 16:57

Council for Exceptional Children Policy Insider Blog

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) offers the Policy Insider as a regularly updated blog, a complement to the weekly CEC digest which provides special and gifted education policy news. The CEC Policy Insider digest, which comes via e-mail every Wednesday, is a round-up of stories from the...

Type: Service
Number of views: 16
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 10:42

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