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. 

Connecting the Dots: Postsecondary’s Role in Preparing K-12 Students

This report addresses the development of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and common assessments. The report provides an overview of postsecondary’s role in preparing K–12 students for first-year, freshman college courses.  

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 107
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Mind-Sets and Equitable Education

This article identifies two mind-sets about students’ intelligence; that is, either intelligence is static, or intelligence can grow. This article states: “Only in growth mind-set cultures, where teachers and administrators are encouraged to fulfill their potential, will they be able to help their...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 281
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

A State Guide to the Development of Universally Designed Assessments

The purpose of this guide is to provide states with strategies for developing universally designed assessments, including conceptualization and item construction; field testing; item reviews; statewide operation; and evaluation. Universal design for assessments is an approach to educational...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 55
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

A Summary of the Research on the Effects of Test Accommodations: 2005–2006

This report provides an update on testing accommodations research, with a focus on the effect of accommodations on students with disabilities (SWDs). The primary purpose of the research featured in this review is to evaluate the comparability of test scores when assessments are administered with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 46
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: 32
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: 56
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Conversations with Practitioners: Current Practice in Statewide RTI Implementation. Recommendations and Frequently Asked Questions

This publication focuses on key ideas and recommendations for effective Response to Intervention (RTI) programs. The publication serves as a reference for information about RTI programs. RTI is an area of focus for the U.S. Department of Education–funded Center on Instruction. The Center on...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 37
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Has Progress Been Made in Raising Achievement for English Language Learners?

This report examines the progress in raising achievement for English language learner (ELL) students, and it describes the factors that make it difficult to accurately assess what ELL students know and can do. The Center on Education Policy, an independent nonprofit organization, with technical...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 31
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

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