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. 

Test Security and Students with Disabilities: An Analysis of States’ 2013-14 Test Security Policies

This report describes how accommodated tests for students with disabilities, alternate assessments, and other related issues were addressed in states’ test security policies in 2013-2014. The researchers asked: (1) What information do states’ test security policies contain about students with...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 6
Date created: 10/10/2014 - 12:45

States’ Flexibility Waiver Plans for Alternate Assessments Based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS)

This report compiles, analyzes, and summarizes states’ waiver applications for flexibility from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requirements regarding alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS). The report analyzed states’ ESEA waiver applications that...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 9
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:02

Including students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in English language proficiency assessments: A review of state policies

This report from the National Center on Educational Outcomes addresses state participation and accommodation policies for English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments for English language learner (ELL) students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (HH). From the abstract: “Findings from this report...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 9
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 13:50

Applying Universal Design to the Common Core

The topic for this segment of Bam! Radio (an all-education radio network that offers programming from top education organizations and leaders) is about Universal Design. Guest Dr. Katie Novak (Title I Director, ELL Director, and Reading coordinator in Chelmsford Public Schools) discusses teacher...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 10
Date created: 01/08/2015 - 11:11

Including students who are blind or visually impaired in English language proficiency assessments: A review of state policies

This report, from the National Center on Educational Outcomes, focuses on state participation and accommodation policies for English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments for English language learner (ELL) students who are blind or visually impaired (VI). From the abstract: “NCEO staff found that...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 12
Date created: 11/04/2014 - 14:01

Scope of Issues to be Negotiated

In regards to the March 2016 negotiated rulemaking session, this document provides an overview of the topics that were to be discussed. In this session, the committee was tasked with discussing regulatory language regarding: supplemental assessments, computer-adaptive assessments, exceptions for...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 12
Date created: 04/11/2016 - 08:45

2012 Survey of States: Successes and Challenges During a Time of Change

This report provides results from a survey conducted by the National Center on Educational Outcomes of state directors of special education and state directors of assessment, relating to state policies, and practices for including students with disabilities in assessment systems and other aspects...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 13
Date created: 11/21/2013 - 10:54

Council for Exceptional Children Policy Insider Blog

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) offers the Policy Insider as a regularly updated blog, a complement to the weekly CEC digest which provides special and gifted education policy news. The CEC Policy Insider digest, which comes via e-mail every Wednesday, is a round-up of stories from the...

Type: Service
Number of views: 13
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 10:42

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