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. 

Assessing the Common Core, Comprehensive Assessment Systems and Students with Disabilities: Opportunities and Consequences

This presentation addresses many issues related to the CCSS and students with disabilities, including: accommodations, technical quality of assessment, formative assessment, item task design and development, technology-enhanced assessments, formative assessment, summative assessment models, interim...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 17
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:01

Fewer, Clearer, Higher Common Core State Standards: Implications for Students Receiving Special Education Services

The goal of the Common Core State Standards is to focus on the knowledge and skills needed by all students so they can be successful in college and careers, including students receiving special services. This publication illustrates five key elements from the International Center’s Special...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 301
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:03

How Can Teachers and Schools Use Data Effectively?

This article seeks to provide guidance for schools and teachers interested in using data to improve students’ mathematics achievement. The article covers types of data uses, structural supports for data use, and steps in data use.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 159
Date created: 02/05/2014 - 16:44

No Child Left Behind: Determining Appropriate Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

The purpose of this parent brief from the National Center for Learning Disabilities is to help parents of students with disabilities work with their schools in making informed and helpful assessment accommodations decisions. The brief explains the differences between accommodations and...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 58
Date created: 02/11/2014 - 11:38

ELL Accommodations Training-Working with School Teams to Individualize ELL Accommodations Decisions

On February 27, 2014, the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) presented a train-the-trainer Webinar to provide district and school staff with guidance and resources to use when training teams of educators to individualize ELL...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 8
Date created: 02/28/2014 - 12:10

Learning Modules on ELLs with Disabilities

The National Center on Educational Outcomes recently launched a set of online learning modules designed to help educators look at important issues surrounding students who are English language learners (ELLs) with disabilities. Access to the modules and their content is free and open to all...

Number of views: 19
Date created: 04/07/2014 - 09:38

One Piece of the Whole: Teacher Evaluation as Part of a Comprehensive System for Teaching and Learning

In this American Educator magazine article, Stanford Researcher Linda Darling Hammond argues that the United States needs a conception of teacher evaluation as part of a teaching and learning system that supports continuous improvement. She says that initiatives to develop teaching quality must...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 70
Date created: 04/24/2014 - 15:09

Connecting Common Core to Teacher Evaluation

This article in AASA’s School Administrator magazine says that rigorous instructional demands tied to standards warrant system-wide supports at the supervisor level. The author says that to address the Common Core standards effectively, teachers and their school district supervisors must ensure...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 117
Date created: 05/08/2014 - 11:20