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. 

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: 79
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:57

Summary of Literature on Empirical Studies of the Validity and Effectiveness of Test Accommodations for ELLs: 2005–2012

The goal of this literature summary is to review studies of the validity and effectiveness of test accommodations for English language learners (ELLs) not included in the Pennock-Roman and Rivera (2011) meta-analysis of mean effects. The former meta-analysis included 14 studies through 2005. The...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 20
Date created: 10/29/2013 - 15:39

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: 40
Date created: 10/30/2013 - 13:16

Feature Issue on Educating K-12 English Language Learners with Disabilities

The available knowledge on how to effectively educate K-12 English language learners with disabilities, and measure their progress, is small but growing. However, many educators and families have pressing questions. How can educators distinguish between language-related needs and disability-related...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 23
Date created: 10/30/2013 - 13:24

Challenges and Opportunities for Language Learning in the Context of the CCSS and the NGSS

The Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, hereafter referred to as “the standards”, represent a significant change in standards-based reform in education. Their release has generated considerable interest among education stakeholders, with 45 out of 50 states now...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 90
Date created: 10/30/2013 - 13:42

WIDA - Top Posts from the First 18 Months

This is a blog from the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment organization. WIDA's goal is to advance academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for...

Number of views: 8
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:05

The Role of Language and Literacy in College- and Career-Ready Standards: Rethinking Policy and Practice in Support of English Language Learners

This policy brief describes the implementation of new college- and career-ready standards, with a focus on the implications for ELLs; discusses the challenges of language acquisition; and addresses the importance of connecting language proficiency and rigorous content standards for learners. It...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 27
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:14

Implementing the Common Core Standards (ICCS) State Collaborative

The Council of Chief State School Officers convened a collaborative of interested states to work within state teams, across states, and with national experts to discuss and share concrete resources and strategies to meet the challenges and leverage the opportunities presented by implementing...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 33
Date created: 10/31/2013 - 09:16

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