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: 109
Date created: 03/05/2014 - 08:20

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: 525
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

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: 66
Date created: 06/30/2015 - 18:09

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: 354
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:04

Assessment (Chapter 8 of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools)

From the introduction: "This chapter describes the scope of assessment and its skilled use to support student achievement of the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy and the CA ELD Standards - and ultimately the overarching goals of ELA/literacy instruction: students develop the readiness for college, careers...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 63
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:07

Snapshot Collection of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

The Snapshot Collection includes practical examples to support educators' understanding of how to integrate ELA and discipline-specific literacy demands and provide support to students with language development needs. The snapshots are short illustrations of classroom practices (see the Vignettes...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 185
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:15

The Implications of Deeper Learning for Adolescent Immigrants and English Language Learners

From the introduction: "I begin... by describing the current educational status of the nation’s ELLs and immigrant students. I go on to describe the ways in which their skills have been denigrated, and I consider a number of ways in which linguistic and cultural diversity and immigrant experiences...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 29
Date created: 01/04/2016 - 17:51

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