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: 297
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:03

Data Driven Improvement and Accountability

Published by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), this brief reviews evidence and provides illustrative examples of data use in business and sports in order to compare practices in these sectors with data use in public education. The brief discusses research and findings related in...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 39
Date created: 01/09/2014 - 12:05

Examining High-Stakes Testing

In summer 2013, results from Common Core–aligned tests in New York showed a steep decline in outcomes. Common Core advocates hailed the scores as an honest accounting of school and student performance, while others worried that they reflected problems with the tests, inadequate support for...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 38
Date created: 01/30/2014 - 10:11

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: 57
Date created: 02/11/2014 - 11:38

Common Core State Standards and Diverse Urban Students: Using Multi-tiered Systems of Support

This publication says that “implementing the Common Core State Standards within a framework of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) will help ensure that all students have an evidence-based system of instruction to assist them in achieving success.” Using performance data and monitoring...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 47
Date created: 02/11/2014 - 11:52

Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards Corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards

This publication says that English language learners (ELLs) face a double challenge: they must simultaneously learn how to acquire enough of a second language to participate in an academic setting while gaining an understanding of the knowledge and skills in multiple disciplines through that second...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 27
Date created: 02/25/2014 - 10:59

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