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. 

Focusing Formative Assessment on the Needs of English Language Learners

How can formative assessment enhance the teaching and learning of English language learner (ELL) students? What, if anything, from our experience with summative assessment of ELL students can inform effective formative assessment practices? And finally, what are the opportunities and challenges...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 93
Date created: 03/05/2014 - 08:20

A Review and Analysis of the Research on Native American Students

This article reviews recent research on the achievement gaps of Native American students compared to white, Latino, and black students, focusing primarily on empirically rigorous research studies.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 79
Date created: 03/31/2015 - 10:06

Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) developed a set of seven principles of effective instruction for English learners (ELs). These principles are based on research on ELs and CAL’s extensive experience working with EL students and their teachers. CAL uses these principles to guide professional...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 344
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:50

Dual Language Learners Reader Posts

New America launched its Dual Language Learner National Work Group, which has written a series of 10 posts related to research, policies, and practices pertaining to the education of dual language learners (DLLs) in U.S. public schools. According to this group, a DLL is "a child between the ages of...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 19
Date created: 06/02/2015 - 15:50

Building Your Roadmap to 21st Century Learning Environments: A Planning Tool for Education Leaders

From the Introduction: "Building Your Roadmap for 21st Century Learning Environments is a planning framework intended to bridge the gap between the prescriptive and holistic approaches to 21st century learning. The roadmap highlights the major milestones school districts must achieve, and provides...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 43
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:08

All In! How Educators Can Advocate for English Language Learners

This resource provides information on why it is important to advocate for English language learners (ELLs) and how to go about it. It is organized in four sections. Why advocate for English language learners? Advocacy in action Curriculum access and language rights Educator training and preparation...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 41
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:09

Common Core From a Tribal Perspective

In this Education Week commentary, education director Kevin Shendo (Pueblo of Jemez, N.M.) writes that the Common Core has opened the "door to opportunities that exist in challenging our teachers to make the diverse communities . . . an extension of their classrooms." He suggests that the Common...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 08/31/2015 - 15:51

English Language Learners: A Growing—Yet Underserved—Student Population

This issue of the Progress of Education Reform presents research and data on the educational issues related to the US English language learner (ELL) population. The brief calls for urgency in supporting the fastest growing population of students in K–12 schools. Key takeaways from the research and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 283
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:04

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