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. 

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts: Considerations for Special Education Assessment Systems

From the Introduction: "This paper was developed to provide guidance and recommendations about how to include special education in a comprehensive assessment system and avoid concerns about too much testing for students with disabilities who receive special education services. First, it provides a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 87
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 17:45

Year 3 of Implementing the Common Core State Standards: Transitioning to CCSS-aligned Curriculum and Assessments for Students with Disabilities

This report by the Center on Education Policy (CEP) at The George Washington University describes the activities being undertaken by states to help districts, schools, and teachers prepare students with disabilities for the transition to CCSS-aligned curricula and assessments. 

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 43
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 17:49

Items in Action: Implementing Items in the Classroom - One State’s Perspective (NCSC Writing AA-AAS)

This resource describes Arizona's efforts to change educators' writing expectations and assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities (SWSCD). It describes an initial pilot study and successful expansion of teacher expectations and understanding of writing for their...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 17:50

Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts: Guidance for School Districts

From the publisher: "The purpose of this document is to provide guidance and key questions to assist district and community leaders—superintendents, assessment and curriculum leads, teacher leaders, school board members, and local advocates—in ensuring that their district’s assessment inventory...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 76
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:02

Assistive Technologies for Computer-Based Assessments

From the author: "This essay discusses the impact of technology on education and educational assessment, which is even more profound for test takers with disabilities and special needs."

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 33
Date created: 09/01/2015 - 18:03

Deeper Learning for Students with Disabilities

From the introduction: "In [this paper], we review previous efforts to promote better educational outcomes for students with disabilities. We also describe research-based instructional strategies that can support them and other struggling learners and the kinds of policies and local resources...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 41
Date created: 11/05/2015 - 18:04

Illinois Assessment Literacy Training Module

This website contains a 39-page guide, Guiding Principles for Classroom Assessment, that discusses assessment design, preparation, analysis, and quality (reliability, validity, cultural diversity, and fairness). A 4.5-minute webinar, Introduction to Balanced Assessment, gives an overview of a...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 218
Date created: 12/22/2015 - 14:10

Lessons Learned About Instruction from Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in College and Career Ready Assessments

The brief was prepared in response to the challenges students with disabilities have experienced with the new assessments. Designed to offer information coupled with these challenges, Margaret Heritage and Sheryl Lazarus provide instructional solutions and resources that state education agencies (...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 132
Date created: 01/26/2016 - 14:51

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