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. 

State Policies Databases

This database provides online links to state policies on accommodations, graduation requirements, accountability (including the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 [NCLB]), and other topics for students with disabilities. The database is maintained by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO...

Number of views: 24
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: 57
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: 52
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Processes and Challenges in Identifying Learning Disabilities Among Students Who Are English Language Learners in Three New York State Districts

This study, which focuses on three districts in New York State, uses interviews with the districts’ and schools’ personnel and documents from the state’s and districts’ websites to examine practices for identifying learning disabilities among students who are English language learners and the...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 40
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards

This guide focuses on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), which formally began in June 2009 as a collaborative effort among nearly all U.S. states and territories. Forty-five states subsequently adopted the CCSS in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) and joined one of two...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Education Week: Spotlight on Assessment Website

The Education Week Spotlight on Assessment is a collection of articles hand-picked by Education Week editors including the following topics: classroom evidence of learning, formative assessment, computer-adaptive testing, the promises and challenges of open-ended test items, and the debate over...

Number of views: 26
Date created: 10/08/2013 - 11:14

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Accommodations for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities: A Research-Based Decision Algorithm

In this paper, the authors discuss five major characteristics that an accommodation should have in order to be considered in the assessment of ELLs and SWDs: (1) Effectiveness, it must be effective in making assessments more accessible to the recipients; (2) Validity, it should not alter the focal...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 80
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:57

Literature Review of Testing Accommodations and Accessibility Tools for Students with Disabilities

Critical to the development of any assessment is the ability to make claims about what students know and can do. The purpose of this literature review is to summarize existing research on controversial and innovative accommodations (and accessibility tools) to inform policy decisions.

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 41
Date created: 10/30/2013 - 13:16

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