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. 

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: 48
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

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: 23
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

States’ Flexibility Plans for Phasing Out the Alternate Assessment Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS) by 2014–15

Some states have an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS). The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) allows up to two percent of students to be deemed proficient with this assessment option. Students who participate in an AA-MAS must have an individualized...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 19
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 16:00

Accommodation Policies for States’ Alternate Assessments Based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS) (Synthesis Report 90)

Since 1992, the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) has analyzed participation and accommodation policies for students with disabilities on state administered assessments. This report focuses on accommodation policies for alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 15
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:18

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: 78
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:57

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