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. 

Issues in the Development of Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) for WIDA Consortium States

This Research Brief summarizes a study conducted by the Wisconsin Center for Education Research examining Annual Measureable Achievement Objectives criteria. It provides guidance to WIDA consortium states on setting AMAOs, focusing on AMAO 1 and 2. This research draws much of its direction from...

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 24
Date created: 10/18/2013 - 15:06

Alignment Study Between the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics and the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards, 2007 Edition, PreKindergarten through Grade 12

This report presents the results of a study based on Dr. Gary Cook’s (2005, 2006, 2007) adaptation of Dr. Norman Webb’s (1997) alignment framework. For this study, Cook’s framework was used to examine the relationship between the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (Reading,...

Type: Knowledge
Number of views: 225
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:25

Evaluating ELL Teacher Effectiveness Using Value-Added Models and ACCESS for ELLs

Based on methodological and data-related issues, the research community cautions against heavy reliance on student test scores for high-stakes decisions.

Type: Guidance
Number of views: 28
Date created: 10/24/2013 - 11:28

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: 75
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: 18
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: 21
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: 85
Date created: 10/30/2013 - 13:42

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